The MAP kinase ERK2 inhibits the cyclic AMP-specific phosphodiesterase HSPDE4D3 by phosphorylating it at Ser579

Ralf Hoffmann, George S. Baillie, Simon J. MacKenzie, Stephen Yarwood, Miles Douglas Houslay

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    The extracellular receptor stimulated kinase ERK2 (p42(MAPK))-phosphorylated human cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase PDE4D3 at Ser579 and profoundly reduced ( approximately 75%) its activity. These effects could be reversed by the action of protein phosphatase PP1. The inhibitory state of PDE4D3, engendered by ERK2 phosphorylation, was mimicked by the Ser579-->Asp mutant form of PDE4D3. In COS1 cells transfected to express PDE4D3, challenge with epidermal growth factor (EGF) caused the phosphorylation and inhibition of PDE4D3. This effect was blocked by the MEK inhibitor PD98059 and was not apparent using the Ser579-->Ala mutant form of PDE4D3. Challenge of HEK293 and F442A cells with EGF led to the PD98059-ablatable inhibition of endogenous PDE4D3 and PDE4D5 activities. EGF challenge of COS1 cells transfected to express PDE4D3 increased cAMP levels through a process ablated by PD98059. The activity of the Ser579-->Asp mutant form of PDE4D3 was increased by PKA phosphorylation. The transient form of the EGF-induced inhibition of PDE4D3 is thus suggested to be due to feedback regulation by PKA causing the ablation of the ERK2-induced inhibition of PDE4D3. We identify a novel means of cross-talk between the cAMP and ERK signalling pathways whereby cell stimuli that lead to ERK2 activation may modulate cAMP signalling.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)893-903
    Number of pages11
    JournalEMBO Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 1999


    • 3',5'-Cyclic-AMP Phosphodiesterases
    • Animals
    • COS Cells
    • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases
    • Cyclic AMP
    • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases
    • Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterases, Type 4
    • Enzyme Activation
    • Epidermal Growth Factor
    • Flavonoids
    • Humans
    • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 1
    • Mutation
    • Phosphoprotein Phosphatases
    • Phosphorylation
    • Signal Transduction
    • Transfection


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