Rho Kinase I (ROCK I) is a serine/threonine kinase that is involved in diverse cellular signaling. To further understand the physiological role of ROCK I and to identify and develop potent and selective inhibitors of ROCK I, we have overexpressed and purified a constitutively active dimeric human ROCK I (3-543) kinase domain using the Sf9- baculovirus expression system. In addition, using a limited proteolysis technique, we have identified a minimal functional subdomain of ROCK I that can be used in crystallization studies. The availability of multimilligram amounts of purified and well characterized functional human ROCK I kinase domains will be useful in screening and structural studies.
Keywords: ROCK I, expression, kinetics, inhibition, kinase domain
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