Temporal and spatial regulation of cAMP signaling in disease: Role of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases

Carolina Otero, Juan P. Peñaloza, Paula I. Rodas, Ricardo Fernández-Ramires, Luis Velasquez, Juan E. Jung

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Since its discovery, cAMP has been proposed as one of the most versatile second messengers. The remarkable feature of cAMP to tightly control highly diverse physiological processes, including metabolism, homeostasis, secretion, muscle contraction, cell proliferation and migration, immune response, and gene transcription, is reflected by millions of different articles worldwide. Compartmentalization of cAMP in space and time, maintained by mainly phosphodiesterases, contributes to the maintenance of equilibrium inside the cell where one signal can trigger many different events. Novel cAMP sensors seem to carry out certain unexpected signaling properties of cAMP and thereby to permit delicate adaptations of biologic responses. Measuring space and time events with biosensors will increase our current knowledge on the pathophysiology of diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cognitive impairment, cancer, and renal and heart failure. Further insights into the cAMP dynamics will help to optimize the pharmacological treatment for these diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-607
Number of pages15
JournalFundamental and Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • CAMP
  • Compartmentalization
  • Phosphodiesterase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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