We report the development of a microtiter plate assay for protein kinase C. Reaction components and enzyme samples (protein kinase C purified by phosphatidylserine/cholesterol affinity or DEAE-Sephacel ion-exchange chromatography) were added to wells of a 96-well microtiter plate. The assay was started by the addition of [γ-32P]ATP with a repeating pipet. After a 3-min incubation at 30°C the wells were sampled six at a time with a 12-channel pipet and spotted onto phosphocellulose filter paper rectangles which were washed with tap water and acetone and counted for radioactivity. The microtiter plate method was more rapid than but gave results similar to those of a standard assay performed in plastic test tubes individually incubated in a 30°C water bath. The microtiter plate procedure gave an intraassay (within one plate) variation of less than 9% and an interassay (between plates) variation of less than 5%. It was linear with time of incubation for 20 min and with amount of enzyme. This method can be used to expedite the assaying of column chromatography fractions for protein kinase C (and other kinase) activity.
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- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology