PDE7A1, a cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase, inhibits cAMP-dependent protein kinase by a direct interaction with C

Ping Han, Pushpalatha Sonati, Charles Rubin, Tamar Michaeli

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The N-terminal regulatory region of the high affinity cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase, PDE7A1, contains two copies of the cAMP-dependent kinase (PKA) pseudosubstrate site RRGAI. In βTC3 insulinoma cells, PDE7A1 co-localizes with PKA II in the Golgi-centrosome region. The roles PDE7A1 and its regulatory region play in cAMP signaling were examined by studying interactions with PKA subunits. PDE7A1 associates with the dissociated C subunit of PKA (C), but does not bind tetrameric PKA holoenzyme. High affinity binding of C by PDE7A1 inhibits kinase activity in vitro (IC50 = 0.5 nM). The domain containing PKA pseudosubstrate sites at the N terminus of PDE7A1 mediates complex formation with C. The PDE7A1 N-terminal repeat region inhibits C activity in CHO-K1 cells and also suppresses C dependent, cAMP-independent, physiological responses in yeast. Thus, PDE7A1 possesses a non-catalytic activity that can contribute to the termination of cAMP signals via direct inhibition of C. This study identifies a novel inhibitor of PKA and a non-catalytic affect of a cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15050-15057
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 2 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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