Stimulation of the type III olfactory adenylyl cyclase by calcium and calmodulin

Eui Ju Choi, Zhengui Xia, Daniel R. Storm

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Characterization of adenylyl cyclases has been facilitated by the isolation of cDNA clones for distinct adenylyl cyclases including the type I and type III enzymes. Expression of type I adenylyl cyclase activity in animal cells has established that this enzyme is stimulated by calmodulin and Ca2+. Type III adenylyl cyclase is enriched in olfactory neurons and is regulated by stimulatory G proteins. The sensitivity of the type III adenylyl cyclase to Ca2+ and calmodulin has not been reported. In this study, type III adenylyl cyclase was expressed in human kidney 293 cells to determine if the enzyme is stimulated by Ca2+ and calmodulin. The type III enzyme was not stimulated by Ca2+ and calmodulin in the absence of other effectors. It was, however, stimulated by Ca2+ through calmodulin when the enzyme was concomitantly activated by either GppNHp or forskolin. The concentrations of free Ca2+ for half-maximal stimulation of type I and type III adenylyl cyclases were 0.05 and 5.0 μM Ca2+, respectively. These data suggest that the type-III adenylyl cyclase is stimulated by Ca2+ when the enzyme is activated by G-protein-coupled receptors and that increases in free Ca2+ accompanying receptor activation may amplify the primary cyclic AMP signal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6492-6498
Number of pages7
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


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  • Biochemistry

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