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FEBS Lett. 1991 Mar 25;280(2):301-6.

Sequence homologies between guanylyl cyclases and structural analogies to other signal-transducing proteins.

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  • 1Institut für Pharmakologie, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.


The cyclic GMP-forming enzyme guanylyl cyclase exists in cytosolic and in membrane-bound forms differing in structure and regulations. Determination of the primary structures of the guanylyl cyclases revealed that the cytosolic enzyme form consists of two similar subunits and that membrane-bound guanylyl cyclases represent enzyme forms in which the catalytic part is located in an intracellular, C-terminal domain and is regulated by an extracellular, N-terminal receptor domain. A domain of 250 amino acids conserved in all guanylyl cyclases appears to be required for the formation of cyclic nucleotide, as this homologous domain is also found in the cytosolic regions of the adenylyl cyclase. The general structures of guanylyl cyclases shows similarities with other signal transducing enzymes such as protein-tyrosine phosphatases and protein-tyrosine kinases, which also exist in cytosolic and receptor-linked forms.

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