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Biochemical and biophysical research communications

The regulatory α and β subunits of phosphorylase kinase directly interact with its substrate, glycogen phosphorylase.


PMID 27845042

Abstract

The selective phosphorylation of glycogen phosphorylase (GP) by its only known kinase, phosphorylase kinase (PhK), keeps glycogen catabolism tightly regulated. In addition to the obligatory interaction between the catalytic γ subunit of PhK and the phosphorylatable region of GP, previous studies have suggested additional sites of interaction between this kinase and its protein substrate. Using short chemical crosslinkers, we have identified direct interactions of GP with the large regulatory α and β subunits of PhK. These newfound interactions were found to be sensitive to ligands that bind PhK.