We provide evidence for involvement of two different 45 kDa protein kinases in rehydration and germination of barley embryos. In dry embryos, a myelin basic protein (MBP) phosphorylating kinase was detected, which could be immunoprecipitated with an anti-MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) antibody. Rehydration of the embryo induced a decrease in activity of this 45 kDa MAPK-like protein kinase. In addition, activity of a MBP kinase of the same molecular weight was subsequently found to be induced. This second MBP kinase activity could not be immunoprecipitated with the anti-MAPK antibody and was induced only in germinating embryos, not in dormant embryos. (C) 2000 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
- Hordeum distichum
- Mitogen-activated protein kinase
- Myelin basic protein kinase