|Human, Mouse, Rat|
Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting
Background: Brain-specific kinase 1 (BRSK1; SAD-B) and Brain-specific kinase 2 (BRSK2; SAD-A) are serine/threonine kinases closely related to AMPK. LKB1 phosphorylates Thr189 in the T-loop of BRSK1 and Thr174 in the T-loop of BRSK2, resulting in activation of the kinases (1). BRSK1 localizes to synaptic vesicles in the hippocampus and cerebellum, together with the active zone proteins Bassoon and CAST, and BRSK1 phoshorylates the active zone protein RIM1 (2). An alternatively spliced from of BRSK1 displays unique activity during the cell cycle, phosphorylating Ser131 of γ-tubulin and controling centrosome duplication (3). Neuronal polarization, including axon formation, is fundamental for normal brain development. BRSK1 -/- and BRSK2 -/- mice have defects in neuronal polarity and impaired corticogenesis (4). Knockdown of BRSK1 and BRSK2 in vitro diminishes axonal growth (5).
Application Methods: Immunofluorescence (Immunocytochemistry), Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting
Background: The ATPase inhibitor factor 1 (ATPIF1) gene encodes a mitochondrial ATPase inhibitor that limits ATP depletion when mitochondrial respiration is impaired (1). ATPIF1 becomes activated following a drop in pH, binding to β-F1-ATPase, thereby inhibiting the hydrolase activity of the H+-ATP synthase (1,2). In addition to its role as an ATP hydrolase, ATPIF1 has also been shown to play a regulatory role in cellular energy metabolism by triggering the induction of aerobic glycolysis in cancer cells resulting in their Warburg phenotype (3,4). Research studies demonstrate that the overexpression of ATPIF1 in several human carcinomas further supports its participation in oncogenesis and provides insight into the altered metabolism of cancer cells, which includes the reprogramming of energetic metabolism toward glycolysis (3).