Cobra venom cardiotoxin was found to stimulate the phosphatidylinositol kinase activity present in A431 cell membranes and in detergent extracts of these membranes. Incubation of highly purified phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase from this source with cardiotoxin resulted in a 2- to 3-fold stimulation of phosphatidylinositol kinase activity. The activation of the purified phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase by cardiotoxin was time- and dose-dependent and appeared to be associated with a decrease in the Km apparent of the enzyme for phosphatidylinositol with no change in the Vmax apparent of the enzyme. The data suggest that the phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase is activated by direct interaction of the enzyme with cobra venom cardiotoxin.
- (A431 cell)
- Phosphatidylinositol kinase