Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) with a subunit molecular mass of 74 kDa has been purified 450-fold to homogeneity from the cotyledons of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). This is the first purification of the native form of the enzyme from any plant tissue. Incubation of the purified enzyme with [γ-32P]ATP and either phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxylase kinase or mammalian cAMP-dependent protein kinase led to labelling of the enzyme in a part of the molecule separate from the active site. This was reversed by incubation with protein phosphatase 2A. Cotyledons of cucumber seedlings were also supplied with32Pi. Homogenates of such cotyledons contained a heavily labelled polypeptide which was confirmed as PEPCK by immunoprecipitation. Labelling of PEPCK by32Piin darkened cotyledons was reversed by illumination. © 1995.
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