Identification of peripherin as a Akt substrate in neurons

Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University, Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.6). 09/2007; 282(32):23491-9. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M611703200
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ABSTRACT Activation of Akt-mediated signaling pathways is crucial for survival and regeneration of injured neurons. In this study, we attempted to identify novel Akt substrates by using an antibody that recognized a consensus motif phosphorylated by Akt. PC12 cells that overexpressed constitutively active Akt were used. Using two-dimensional PAGE, we identified protein spots that exhibited increased immunostaining of the antibody. Mass spectrometry revealed several major spots as the neuronal intermediate filament protein, peripherin. Using several peripherin fragments, the phosphorylation site was determined as Ser(66) in its head domain in vitro. Furthermore, a co-immunoprecipitation experiment revealed that Akt interacted with the head domain of peripherin in HEK 293T cells. An antibody against phosphorylated peripherin was raised, and induction of phosphorylated peripherin was observed not only in Akt-activated cultured cells but also in nerve-injured hypoglossal motor neurons. These results suggest that peripherin is a novel substrate for Akt in vivo and that its phosphorylation may play a role in motor nerve regeneration.

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