Modulation of synaptosomal protein phosphorylation/dephosphorylation by calcium is antagonised by inhibition of protein phosphatases with okadaic acid

Neuroscience Group, Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia.
Neuroscience Letters (Impact Factor: 2.03). 06/1991; 126(2):203-6. DOI: 10.1016/0304-3940(91)90554-7
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The protein phosphatase inhibitor okadaic acid was used to investigate the protein phosphatases involved in the endogenous dephosphorylation of proteins in intact synaptosomes. Despite the fact that the calcium-dependent protein phosphatase (calcineurin) is most concentrated in synaptosomes and accounts for approximately 0.3% of synaptoplasmic protein, the majority of the dephosphorylation activity under both basal and depolarisation conditions is due to protein phosphatase type 1 (PP1) and/or protein phosphatase type 2A (PP2A). Nevertheless our results do suggest that calcineurin is active in synaptosomes and has 2 effects: a rapid, direct dephosphorylation of a limited range of substrates and an indirect activation of PP1 presumably by dephosphorylation of protein phosphatase 1 inhibitor-1.

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