November 1986
Volume 27, Issue 11
Articles  |   November 1986
Light-induced phosphorylation of proteins from the all-cone retina of the lizard, Anolis carolinensis.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science November 1986, Vol.27, 1609-1614. doi:
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      A E Walter, T A Shuster, D B Farber; Light-induced phosphorylation of proteins from the all-cone retina of the lizard, Anolis carolinensis.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1986;27(11):1609-1614.

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Proteins from the all-cone retina of the lizard Anolis carolinensis were phosphorylated using [gamma 32P] ATP, separated by SDS-PAGE and detected by autoradiography. Several proteins incorporated 32P. Exposure of the retinal homogenates to light brought about a dramatic increase in phosphorylation of the protein(s) with a molecular weight nearly identical to that of rat rhodopsin. It is likely that these proteins are the cone visual pigments, and that they incorporate phosphate when bleached by light. Increasing the time of the phosphorylation reaction from 1 to 30 min led to an increase in the amount of incorporation of labeled phosphate by the putative cone visual pigments, but changing the temperature from 4 degrees C to 20 degrees C decreased it. The amount of phosphate incorporation was substantially increased by NaF, a phosphatase inhibitor. This latter finding, along with the changes in incorporation of 32P with increased temperature, suggest that a phosphoprotein phosphatase is active in the lizard retina. The cation requirements, as well as the effects of cyclic nucleotides on light-induced phosphorylation of retinal lizard proteins, were also investigated.


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