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Eva Degerman

Eva Degerman

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Eva Degerman

Identification of novel phosphorylation sites in hormone-sensitive lipase that are phosphorylated in response to isoproterenol and govern activation properties in vitro


  • M W Anthonsen
  • Lars Rönnstrand
  • C Wernstedt
  • Eva Degerman
  • Cecilia Holm

Summary, in English

Hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) is the rate-limiting enzyme in lipolysis. Stimulation of rat adipocytes with isoproterenol results in phosphorylation of HSL and a 50-fold increase in the rate of lipolysis. In this study, we used site-directed mutagenesis and two-dimensional phosphopeptide mapping to show that phosphorylation sites other than the previously identified Ser-563 are phosphorylated in HSL in response to isoproterenol stimulation of 32P-labeled rat adipocytes. Phosphorylation of HSL in adipocytes in response to isoproterenol and in vitro phosphorylation of HSL containing Ser --> Ala mutations in residues 563 and 565 (S563A, S565A) with protein kinase A (PKA), followed by tryptic phosphopeptide mapping resulted in two tryptic phosphopeptides. These tryptic phosphopeptides co-migrated with the phosphopeptides released by the same treatment of F654HPRRSSQGVLHMPLYSSPIVK675 phosphorylated with PKA. Analysis of the phosphorylation site mutants, S659A, S660A, and S659A,S660A disclosed that mutagenesis of both Ser-659 and Ser-660 was necessary to abolish the activation of HSL toward a triolein substrate after phosphorylation with PKA. Mutation of Ser-563 to alanine did not cause significant change of activation compared with wild-type HSL. Hence, our results demonstrate that in addition to the previously identified Ser-563, two other PKA phosphorylation sites, Ser-659 and Ser-660, are present in HSL and, furthermore, that Ser-659 and Ser-660 are the major activity controlling sites in vitro.


  • Department of Translational Medicine
  • Insulin Signal Transduction
  • Molecular Endocrinology

Publishing year







Journal of Biological Chemistry





Document type

Journal article


American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • Endocrinology and Diabetes



Research group

  • Insulin Signal Transduction
  • Molecular Endocrinology


  • ISSN: 1083-351X