Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 31–42 | Cite as

Reversible inhibition of cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase by insulin

  • Ronald J. Walkenbach
  • Richard hazen
  • Joseph Larner
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Extracts of fasted rat diaphragms, previously treated with or without insulin were assayed for glycogen synthase, protein kinase and cyclic [3H]-AMP binding. Treatment with insulin produced an elevation in the % of glycogen synthase I and a concurrent decrease in cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase activity and cyclic [3H]-AMP binding. Analysis of extracts by disc gel electrophoresis demonstrated the inhibition of cyclic [3H]-AMP binding to involve the Type I protein kinase holoenzyme. Inhibition of protein kinase activity was most apparent in the presence of 0.2 µM cyclic AMP, with enzymatic activity of the insulin-treated extracts typically 60–65% of control. Higher assay concentrations diminished the difference between control and insulin-treated extracts and concentrations greater than 20 µm abolished it.

The inhibition of cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase activity after insulin was a transient and labile phenomenon. The effect was independent of ATP concentration in the assay, but was sensitive to the pH of tissue extraction, requiring a pH of 7.0 to 8.4 to be observed.

Insulin-mediated inhibition of protein kinase activity was reversed upon preincubation of extracts at 0–2°. Relatively concentrated homogenates (<4 µl buffer/mg tissue) yielded extracts which exhibited little or no inhibition of protein kinase activity compared to extracts prepared from more dilute (6–10 µl/mg) homogenates. A model for the inhibition of the cyclic-AMP dependent protein kinase by an insulin-generated inhibitor which becomes directly associated with the Type 1 holoenzyme is proposed.


Protein Kinase Protein Kinase Activity Tissue Extraction Dependent Protein Reversible Inhibition 
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cyclic AMP (cAMP)

Adenosine 3′,5′-monophosphate


N-Tris (Hydroxy-methyl) methyl glycine




2-[N-morpholino]ethane sulfonic acid


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Walkenbach
    • 1
  • Richard hazen
    • 1
  • Joseph Larner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Virginia School of MedicineCharlottesville

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