A method is described which separates the various phosphorylation sites in glycogen synthase based on reverse phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) of tryptic 32P-peptides. Using this method we studied the phosphorylation site specificities of the kinases which act on glycogen synthase. The cAMP-dependent protein kinase phosphorylated sites 1a, 1b, and 2, whereas casein kinase II phosphorylated only site 5. Two calcium, calmodulin-dependent kinases, phosphorylase kinase and liver calmodulin-dependent synthase kinase, both phosphorylated site 2, and the latter enzyme also phosphorylated site 1b. A cAMP-independent kinase (kinase 4) purified from liver also specifically phosphorylated site 2. Synthase kinase 3 catalyzed the phosphorylation of only site 3. This HPLC method was also used to establish that all of these sites were subject to phosphorylation in vivo.
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