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Cell Signal. 2002 Mar;14(3):277-84.

PDE7A is expressed in human B-lymphocytes and is up-regulated by elevation of intracellular cAMP.

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Section of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, EBRC 420, Boston Medical Center, 650 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118, USA.


PDE7A is a recently described 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-specific phosphodiesterase (PDE) whose expression has been detected in T-cells. As treatment with the methylxanthine theophylline, a nonspecific PDE inhibitor, induces apoptosis in leukemic cells from patients with the B-lineage malignancy chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), we sought to determine if PDE7A was a target of theophylline therapy in such cells. Western analysis revealed expression of PDE7A in normal human splenic B-cells, primary CLL cells, and in a CLL-derived cell line (WSU-CLL). Among the six cAMP PDEs (PDE1B, PDE3B, PDE4A, PDE4B, PDE4D, and PDE7) examined in WSU-CLL, only PDE7A levels were augmented by treatment with methylxanthines. The activity of PDE7A isolated from the WSU-CLL cell line by immunoprecipitation was inhibited by theophylline and IBMX with IC50 values of 343.5 and 8.6 microM, respectively. WSU-CLL PDE7A was also up-regulated by a novel specific inhibitor (IC242), which inhibits PDE7A from WSU-CLL cells with an IC50 value of 0.84 microM. IC242-mediated up-regulation of PDE7A was blocked by the protein kinase A (PKA) inhibitor H-89.

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