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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1997 Mar 15;1334(2-3):123-8.

Involvement of protein kinase A in the induction of arginase in murine bone marrow-derived macrophages.

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Departamento de Bioquimica y Biologia Molecular, Facultad de Veterinaria, Caceres, Spain.


Arginase is induced in bone marrow-derived macrophages by agents that increase the intracellular concentrations of cAMP (Br-cAMP, prostaglandin E2) and, in their presence, the LPS induced NO synthesis is down regulated. Moreover, interleukin 10 which induces arginase in macrophages is able to increase the cAMP-dependent protein kinase A activity. In contrast, suppressors of NOS synthesis like protein kinase C inhibitors and calmodulin antagonists (W7), or NO activators (A23187) have no effect on the induction of arginase by LPS. These results strongly suggest that PKA is involved in the induction of arginase and supports the hypothesis that there is a reciprocal regulation of these two enzymes that drives the macrophages towards opposite functional states.

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