Detection of anti-elongation factor 2 kinase (calmodulin-dependent protein kinase III) antibodies in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

Sonia Arora, Jin Ming Yang, Joseph Craft, William Hait

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Elongation factor 2 kinase (eEF-2K) also known as calmodulin-dependent protein kinase III is a member of the calmodulin-mediated signaling pathway that links activation of cell surface receptors to cell division. The activity of eEF-2K is increased in many human cancers and may be a valid target for anti-cancer treatment. It is one of the unconventional eukaryotic protein kinases with respect to its structural domains in comparison to other members of the serine/threonine protein kinase superfamily. eEF-2K is highly conserved in nature. For example the amino acid sequence of human eEF-2K is 90% identical to mouse and rat eEF-2Ks and 40% identical to that of the C. elegans enzyme. Therefore it has been diffcult to generate high-titer and high-specificity antibodies to the human enzyme by traditional techniques. Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) produce auto-antibodies to a variety of cellular proteins including members of the protein translation apparatus. Hence we developed an ELISA assay that could detect anti-eEF2K antibodies from sera of SLE patients using purified eEF-2K as an antigen. We screened 117 sera from SLE patients. High-titer anti-eEF-2K antibodies were detected in 72 subjects. One of the high-titer sera was used for further characterization. The auto-antibody recognized eEF-2K on immunoblots and immunoprecipitated the kinase with intact enzyme activity. In conclusion anti-eEF-2K antibodies are found in sera of SLE patients and are useful tools to study the role of this highly conserved enzyme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1073-1076
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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