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Biochemistry. 1998 Oct 6;37(40):14175-80.

Novel function of the regulatory subunit of protein kinase A: regulation of cytochrome c oxidase activity and cytochrome c release.

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Department of Medicine and Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, USA.


There have been speculations that the regulatory (R) subunit of the cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) may have other functions. A recent study has shown that the catalytic (C) subunit of PKA may be regulated in a cAMP- and R subunit-independent manner. However, evidence linking a function to the R subunit apart from inhibiting the C subunit has been elusive. In this report, interaction cloning experiments showed that the RIalpha subunit association with the cytochrome c oxidase subunit Vb (CoxVb) is cAMP-sensitive. Interaction was detected with a GST-RIalpha fusion protein as well as by coimmunoprecipitation. Transient treatment with cAMP-elevating agents inhibited cytochrome c oxidase in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells with a concomitant decrease in cytochrome c levels in the mitochondria and an increase in its release into the cytosol. Furthermore, mutant cells harboring a defective RIalpha show increased cytochrome c oxidase activity and also constitutively lower levels of cytochrome c in comparison to either the wild-type cells or the C subunit mutant. These results suggest a novel mechanism of cAMP signaling through the interaction of RIalpha with CoxVb thereby regulating cytochrome c oxidase activity as well as the cytochrome c levels.

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