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Int J Neurosci January 1, 2009; 119 (9): 1419-28.

Critical role of s465 in protein kinase C-increased rat glutamate transporter type 3 activity.

Baik HJ , Huang Y , Washington JM , Zuo Z .

Glutamate transporters, also called excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs), uptake extracellular glutamate and regulate neurotransmission. Activation of protein kinase C (PKC) increases the activity of EAAT type 3 (EAAT3), the major neuronal EAAT. We designed this study to determine which amino acid residue(s) in EAAT3 may be involved in this PKC effect. Selective potential PKC phosphorylation sites were mutated. These EAAT3 mutants were expressed in the Xenopus oocytes. Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate, a PKC activator, significantly increased wild-type EAAT3 activity. Mutation of serine 465 to alanine or aspartic acid, but not the mutation of threonine 5 to alanine, abolished PKC-increased EAAT3 activity. Our results suggest a critical role of serine 465 in the increased EAAT3 activity by PKC activation.

PubMed ID: 19922365
PMC ID: PMC2780444
Article link: Int J Neurosci
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Genes referenced: slc1a1

Aoyama, 2005, Pubmed [+]

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