TESK2 or testis-specific kinase 2 is a serine/threonine protein kinase that contains an N-terminal protein kinase domain and belongs to the TESK subgroup of the LIMK/TESK family of protein kinases. The kinase domain of TESK2 is structurally similar to the kinase domain of testis-specific protein kinase-1 and the LIM motif-containing protein kinases (LIMKs). TESK2 is predominantly expressed in testis and prostate and plays an important role in spermatogenesis. TESK2 phosphorylates cofilin specifically at Ser-3 and induces formation of actin stress fibers and focal adhesions. Recombinant full-length human TESK2 was expressed by baculovirus in Sf9 insect cells using an N-terminal GST tag.
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