Auto-phosphorylation represses protein kinase R activity

Die Wang, Nicole A. De Weerd, Belinda Willard, Galina Polekhina, Bryan R G Williams, Anthony J. Sadler

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Abstract

The central role of protein kinases in controlling disease processes has spurred efforts to develop pharmaceutical regulators of their activity. A rational strategy to achieve this end is to determine intrinsic auto-regulatory processes, then selectively target these different states of kinases to repress their activation. Here we investigate auto-regulation of the innate immune effector protein kinase R, which phosphorylates the eukaryotic initiation factor 2α to inhibit global protein translation. We demonstrate that protein kinase R activity is controlled by auto-inhibition via an intra-molecular interaction. Part of this mechanism of control had previously been reported, but was then controverted. We account for the discrepancy and extend our understanding of the auto-inhibitory mechanism by identifying that auto-inhibition is paradoxically instigated by incipient auto-phosphorylation. Phosphor-residues at the amino-terminus instigate an intra-molecular interaction that enlists both of the N-terminal RNA-binding motifs of the protein with separate surfaces of the C-terminal kinase domain, to co-operatively inhibit kinase activation. These findings identify an innovative mechanism to control kinase activity, providing insight for strategies to better regulate kinase activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number44340
Number of pages15
JournalScientific Reports
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • enzyme mechanisms
  • innate immunity
  • kinases
  • RNA

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