protein kinase cmedical dictionary


<cell biology> An enzyme that phosphorylates proteins on serine or threonine residues in the presence of physiological concentrations of calcium and membrane phospholipids. The additional presence of diacylglycerols markedly increases its sensitivity to both calcium and phospholipids. The sensitivity of the enzyme can also be increased by phorbol esters and it is believed that protein kinase c is the receptor protein of tumour-promoting phorbol esters.

Registry number: EC 2.7.1.-

(12 Dec 1998)