Title

New insights in the activity of voltage sensitive phosphatases

ORCiD

0000-0002-6489-4651

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Cellular Signalling

ISSN

1873-3913

Volume

24

Issue

8

DOI

10.1016/j.cellsig.2012.03.013

First Page

1541

Last Page

1547

Publication Date

8-1-2012

Abstract

The Ciona intestinalis voltage sensitive phosphatase (Ci-VSP) was the first proven enzyme to be under direct control of the membrane potential. Ci-VSP belongs to a family of proteins known as Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases (PTP), which are a group of enzymes that catalyze the removal of phosphate groups from phosphatidylinositides and phosphorylated tyrosine residues on proteins. What makes Ci-VSP and similar phosphatases unique is the presence of a Voltage Sensing Domain (VSD) in their N-terminus. The VSD of Ci-VSP shares high homology with those from voltage-gated channels and confers voltage sensitivity to these enzymes. The catalytic domain of Ci-VSP displays extraordinary structural and functional similarities to PTEN. This latter protein is encoded by the Phosphatase and Tensin homolog deleted from chromosome 10 gene, thus its name, and it is known as a tumor suppressor. The resemblance between these proteins has prompted the use of PTEN as a template for the study of Ci-VSP and produced a rapid advance in our understanding of the mechanism of activity of Ci-VSP. This review will be focused on discussing recent advances in the understanding of the activation mechanism for these molecules known as electrochemical coupling.