Underpinning compartmentalised cAMP through targeted cAMP breakdown

Neuroscience and Molecular Pharmacology, FBLS, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland, UK.
Trends in Biochemical Sciences (Impact Factor: 11.23). 10/2009; 35(2):91-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.tibs.2009.09.007
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It is becoming increasingly apparent that spatial regulation of cell signalling processes is critical to normal cellular function. In this regard, cAMP signalling regulates many pivotal cellular processes and has provided the paradigm for signal compartmentalization. Recent advances show that isoforms of the cAMP-degrading phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) family are targeted to discrete signalling complexes. There they sculpt local cAMP gradients that can be detected by genetically encoded cAMP sensors, and gate the activation of spatially localized signalling through sequestered PKA and EPAC sub-populations. Genes for these important regulatory enzymes are linked to schizophrenia, stroke and asthma, thus indicating the therapeutic potential that selective inhibitors could have as anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and cognitive enhancer agents.

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    • "cAMP, a second messenger that plays important role in many biological processes [19] was reported to mediate multiple sex-steroid effects on cell functions [20]. Following its action, cAMP is degraded to adenosine monophosphate (AMP) by phosphodiesterases [21]. Estrogen has been reported to stimulate AC and cAMP-regulated gene transcription [22]. "
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    • "cAMP is a second messenger that plays an important role in many biological processes (Grahame Hardie, 2014), including the activation of protein kinases (Kim et al., 2014) and mediating the effects of various hormones and sex-steroids (Simoncini and Genazzani, 2003). cAMP is decomposed to AMP by phosphodiesterase (Houslay, 2010). "
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    Molecular Reproduction and Development 05/2015; 82(6). DOI:10.1002/mrd.22496 · 2.53 Impact Factor
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    • "The duration and strength of signals produced by cAMP effectors is often heavily influenced by action of a super-family of enzymes that has evolved to degrade cyclic-nucleotides, the phosphodiesterases (PDEs) [2]. Of particular interest is the PDE4 family of enzymes, which is made up of over 25 different isoforms, many of which have important, non-redundant functions [3]. Often, the function of a particular PDE4 isoform is conferred by its unique N-terminal, which acts as a ''postcode'' to anchor PDE4 enzymes to discrete intracellular domains where they sculpt signal-specific cAMP gradients . "
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