Studies on bovine eye retinal calcineurin
Calcineurin (CaN), a member of ser/thr protein phosphatase, was cloned from bovine retina. The peptide sequence of CaN A subunit is consisted of 511 amino acid residues. A 10 amino acid (A-T-V-E-A-I-E-A-D-E-A) deletion before the autoinhibitory domain was observed in bovine retina CaN A compared to bovine brain CaN A. The study on CaN activity and regulation demonstrated that different metal ions have different effects on its phosphatase activity. Ni2+ was found to be the strongest stimulator while Zn2+ was found to inhibit CaN phosphatase activity. Mn2+ was a relatively less effective stimulator compared to Ni2+. Fe2+ was also able to stimulate CaN phosphatase activity; in contrast, a previous study found Fe2+ slightly inhibited bovine brain CaN activity. The residues at 97-201 were found to be essential for bovine retina CaN A phosphatase activity. The residues at 407-456 also had an inhibitory effect on CaN A phosphatase activity in addition to the previously known auto inhibitory domain at 457-480. These observations suggest that bovine retina CaN A might possess some distinct structural characteristics compared to bovine brain CaN A.
DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
SupervisorSharma, Rajendra K.