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NMR analysis of a Tau phosphorylation pattern.

TitleNMR analysis of a Tau phosphorylation pattern.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLandrieu I, Lacosse L, Leroy A, Wieruszeski J-M, Trivelli X, Sillen A, Sibille N, Schwalbe H, Saxena K, Langer T, Lippens G
JournalJ Am Chem Soc
Date PublishedMar
Accession Number121

The phosphorylation of the neuronal Tau protein modulates both its physiological role of microtubule binding and its aggregation into paired helical fragments observed in Alzheimer's diseased neurons. However, detailed knowledge of the role of phosphorylation at specific sites has been hampered by the analytical difficulties to evaluate the level of site-specific phosphate incorporation. Even with recombinant kinases, mass spectrometry and immunodetection are not evident for determining the full phosphorylation pattern in a qualitative and quantitative manner. We show here that heteronuclear NMR spectroscopy on a 15N labeled Tau sample modified by the cAMP dependent kinase allows identification of all phosphorylation sites, measures their level of phosphate integration, and yields kinetic data for the enzymatic modification of the individual sites. Filtering through the 15N label discards the necessity of any further sample purification and allows the in situ monitoring of kinase activity at selected sites. We finally demonstrate that the NMR approach can equally be used to evaluate potential kinase inhibitors in a straightforward manner.