Lymphocytes were found to be rich in phospholipid Ca2+-dependent (C-kinase) activity. Addition of polymyxin B (PMB) to in vitro assays of endogenous and exogenous phosphorylation resulted in profound inhibition of C-kinase activity. The phorbol ester 12-o-tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) directly activated C-kinase, leading to increased phosphorylation of the same substrates. TPA also stimulated proliferation of B cells as assessed by 3H-thymidine uptake, and PMB strongly inhibited this effect. This coordinate inhibition of TPA-induced phosphorylation and mitogenesis indicates that PMB is a potentially useful inhibitor of C-kinase activity, and that this enzyme may play an important role in mediating B cell responses.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|State||Published - May 16 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology