KLHY is a short amino-acid sequence of inhibitor-2. This sequence is highly conserved with the protein phosphatase 1 (PP1)-binding consensus motif, RVXF. The role of this segment in binding with PP1 is ambiguous. By using surface plasmon resonance we have characterized its binding ability to PP1. Either site-directed mutagenesis or deletion of KLHY did not significantly affect the dissociation constant between PP1 and inhibitor-2. In comparison with DARPP-32, the deletion of KKIQF, a PP1-binding motif of DARPP-32, resulted in a remarkable reduction in its affinity with PP1. Our results suggested that, compared with the common RVXF motif, the KLHY sequence in intact inhibitor-2 binds weakly to PP1.