Kok Long Ang

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Catecholamines signal through the beta2-adrenergic receptor by promoting production of the second messenger adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cAMP). The magnitude of this signal is restricted by desensitization of the receptors through their binding to beta-arrestins and by cAMP degradation by phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzymes. We show that beta-arrestins(More)
Characterisation of cyclic nucleotide-hydrolysing phosphodiesterases (PDEs) in recombinant systems has highlighted regulatory properties indicative of distinct physiological roles for these enzymes. The present study investigated the role of PDEs in the adenosine 3'5'-monophosphate (cAMP) response to the hypothalamic neuropeptides corticotrophin-releasing(More)
1. The role of non-calcineurin protein phosphatases in the cyclic AMP signal transduction pathway was examined in mouse pituitary corticotroph tumour (AtT20) cells. 2. Blockers of protein phosphatases, calyculin A and okadaic acid, were applied in AtT20 cells depleted of rapidly mobilizable pools of intracellular calcium and activated by various cyclic AMP(More)
Activating mutations of the human lutropin/choriogonadotropin receptor (hLHR), a Gs-coupled receptor, have been identified in young boys with gonadotropin-independent precocious puberty (testotoxicosis). The properties of these mutants have typically been characterized in heterologous cells transfected with recombinant mutant receptor and compared with(More)
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