FunctionDisplays serine/threonine-specific phosphorylation of myelin basic protein and histone (MBP) in vitro.
Tissue specificityHighest expression in the placenta; moderate level in liver, lung, kidney, and pancreas. LIMK2a is found to be more abundant then LIMK2b in liver, colon, stomach, and spleen, while in brain, kidney, and placenta LIMK2b is the dominant form. In adult lung, both LIMK2a and LIMK2b is nearly equally observed.
Sequence similaritiesBelongs to the protein kinase superfamily. TKL Ser/Thr protein kinase family. Contains 2 LIM zinc-binding domains. Contains 1 PDZ (DHR) domain. Contains 1 protein kinase domain.
Post-translational modificationsPhosphorylated on serine and/or threonine residues by ROCK1.
Cellular localizationCytoplasm. Nucleus. Isoform LIMK2a is distributed in the cytoplasm and the nucleus and Cytoplasm. Nucleus. Isoform LIMK2b occurs mainly in the cytoplasm and is scarcely translocated to the nucleus.