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Rap1 and Rap2 are similar Ras-like G proteins but perform distinct functions. By the affinity chromatography/mass-spectrometry approach and the yeast two-hybrid screening, we identified Misshapen/NIKs-related kinase (MINK) as a novel Rap2-interacting protein that does not interact with Rap1 or Ras. MINK is a member of the STE20 group of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase kinases. The interaction between MINK and Rap2 was GTP-dependent and required Phe39 within the effector region of Rap2; the corresponding residue in Rap1 and Ras is Ser. MINK was enriched in the brain, and both MINK and its close relative, Traf2- and Nck-interacting kinase (TNIK), interacted with a postsynaptic scaffold protein containing tetratricopeptide repeats, ankyrin repeats and a coiled-coil region (TANC1) and induced its phosphorylation, under control of Rap2 in cultured cells. These are novel actions of MINK and TNIK, and consistent with a role of MINK as a Rap2 effector in the brain.


Hideo Nonaka, Kimiko Takei, Masato Umikawa, Minoru Oshiro, Kouichi Kuninaka, Maitsetseg Bayarjargal, Tsuyoshi Asato, Yoshito Yamashiro, Yukiko Uechi, Shogo Endo, Tatsuo Suzuki, Ken-Ichi Kariya. MINK is a Rap2 effector for phosphorylation of the postsynaptic scaffold protein TANC1. Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 2008 Dec 12;377(2):573-8

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PMID: 18930710

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