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J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2000 May;73(1-2):81-92.

Cyclic-AMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) in testicular cells. Cell specific expression, differential regulation and targeting of subunits of PKA

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Institute of Medical Biochemistry, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1112, N-0317, Oslo, Norway.


LH and FSH regulate via cyclic adenosine 3'5' cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) and cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), steroid biosynthesis is Leydig and Sertoli cells, respectively. Cyclic AMP also regulates a number of different cellular processes such as cell growth and differentiation, ion channel conductivity, synaptic release of neurotransmitters, and gene transcription. The principle intracellular target for cAMP in mammalian cells is the PKA. The fact that this broad specificity protein kinase mediates a number of discrete physiological responses following cAMP engagement, has raised the question of how specificity is maintained in the cAMP/PKA system. Here we describe features of this signaling pathway that may contribute to explain how differential effects of cAMP may occur.


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