During platelet activation, receptor-coupled phospholipid hydrolysis stimulates protein kinase C (PKC) and results in the phosphorylation of several proteins, the most prominent being pleckstrin. Pleckstrin is composed of two repeated domains, now called pleckstrin homology (PH) domains, separated by a spacer region that contains several consensus PKC phosphorylation sites. To determine the role of PKC-dependent phosphorylation in pleckstrin function, we mapped the phosphorylation sites in vivo of wild-type and site-directed mutants of pleckstrin expressed in COS cells. Phosphorylation was found to occur almost exclusively on Ser-113 and Ser-117 within the sequence 108-KFARKS*TRRS*IRL-120. Phosphorylation of these sites was confirmed by phosphorylation of the corresponding wild-type and mutant synthetic peptides in vitro.
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