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Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1992 Jul 15;1861:448-54.
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Posttranslational isoprenylation of rho protein is a prerequisite for its interaction with mastoparan and other amphiphilic agents.

Koch G , Mohr C , Just I , Aktories K .

The amphiphilic agents melittin, compound 48/80 and mastoparan inhibit ADP-ribosylation of porcine brain rho protein by Clostridium botulinum exoenzyme C3. However, ADP-ribosylation of recombinant rhoA expressed in E.coli was not inhibited by these agents. Accordingly, steady state GTP hydrolysis by recombinant rhoA was not stimulated by mastoparan, whereas GTP hydrolysis by porcine brain rho was stimulated 2.5-fold in the presence of this wasp venom. After microinjection of recombinant rhoA into Xenopus laevis oocytes the inhibitory effect of mastoparan on C3 ADP-ribosylation was restored. The data suggest that the amphiphilic agents tested are only active at the posttranslationally processed form of rho and that they exert their effects via the C-terminal end.

PubMed ID: 1632782
Article link: Biochem Biophys Res Commun

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: rho rho.2 rhoa rhoa.2 was