Lack of Evidence for PKM2 Protein Kinase Activity.

Molecular cell

PubMedID: 26300261

Hosios AM, Fiske BP, Gui DY, Vander Heiden MG. Lack of Evidence for PKM2 Protein Kinase Activity. Mol Cell. 2015;59(5):850-857.
The role of pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) in cell proliferation is controversial. A unique function of PKM2 proposed to be important for the proliferation of some cancer cells involves the direct activity of this enzyme as a protein kinase; however, a detailed biochemical characterization of this activity is lacking. Using [(32)P]-phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) we examine the direct substrates of PKM2 using recombinant enzyme and in vitro systems where PKM2 is genetically deleted. Labeling of some protein species from [(32)P]-PEP can be observed; however, most were dependent on the presence of ADP, and none were dependent on the presence of PKM2. In addition, we also failed to observe PKM2-dependent transfer of phosphate from ATP directly to protein. These findings argue against a role for PKM2 as a protein kinase.