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Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1999 Dec 20;2662:425-31. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1999.1842.
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Transient increase of a protein kinase activity identified to CK2 during sea urchin development.

Delalande C , Bellé R , Cormier P , Mulner-Lorillon O .

Using GST-EF-1 delta as an exogenous substrate, and EF-1 delta kinase activity was shown to increase transiently during early development of sea urchin embryos. The basal activity of EF-1 delta kinase in unfertilized eggs was 150 fmoles/min/mg protein. The activity began to increase 10 h after fertilization and reached its maximum level (8.4 x basal) at 24 h. The activity then declined to twice the basal value at 72 h post-fertilization. The EF-1 delta kinase activity was identified to a CK2-type enzyme on the basis of its substrate specificity for EF-1 delta, crude casein and beta casein, its inhibition by heparin, DRB, 2,3-bisphosphoglycerate, and its stimulation by spermine, spermidine, and polylysin. Furthermore, the activity was inhibited by the synthetic peptide RRREEETEEE specific for CK2. DRB (200 microM) and 2,3-bisphosphoglycerate (2.5 mM) blocked or delayed the transition from blastula to gastrula of the embryos, suggesting a role for the kinase in early development.

PubMed ID: 10600519
Article link: Biochem Biophys Res Commun

Genes referenced: LOC100887844 LOC115921237 LOC586799 LOC594349