Sodium-Potassium Adenosine Triphosphatase: Acyl Phosphate "Intermediate" Shown to be L-Glutamyl-γ-Phosphate

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Science  28 Jul 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3787, pp. 434-436
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3787.434


Peptides obtained from pepsin digestion of the phosphorylated and nonphosphorylated forms of a preparation of brain microsomal sodium-potassium-activated adenosine triphosphatase were treated at pH 5.4 with N-(n-propyl-2,3-3H) hydroxylamine of high specific activity, then separated by column chromatography, and further digested with pronase. A compound isolated in higher amounts from the phosphorylated enzyme than from the nonphosphorylated enzyme migrated with authentic L-glutamyl-γ-propylhydroxamate in four chromatographic systems and on electrophoresis on paper at three different pH's. The acyl phosphate "intermediate" in the phosphorylated form of the adenosine-triphosphatase therefore appears to be an L-glutamyl-γ-phosphate residue.