A new improved method for purification of the enzyme 1-O-alkyl-2-lyso-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine: acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase (EC from rat spleen is described. The catalytic subunit of cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase in the presence of MgATP stimulated about 3-fold the activity of this partially purified enzyme activity. When [gamma-32P]ATP was included in the assay mixture, the analysis of phosphoprotein products by SDS/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis and autoradiography showed the incorporation of [32P]phosphate into a single protein band of about 30 kDa. Analysis of the phosphorylated amino acids indicated that the phosphate was incorporated into a serine residue. Activation of the acetylation reaction by the protein kinase was reversible. The reversal of the activation was coincident with the loss of the [32P]phosphate incorporated into the 30 kDa protein band, which suggests that the acetyltransferase is regulated by a phosphorylation-dephosphorylation mechanism dependent on cyclic AMP.

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