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Effects of trypsin on the cyclic AMP system of the pig skin.

Trypsin increased cyclic AMP levels of the pig skin. This effect was markedly potentiated by the cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase inhibitor theophylline. Without theophylline this trypsin-induced cyclic AMP accumulation was transient and the maximal accumulation was noted by 5 min. Soybean trypsin inhibitor inhibited this trypsin-induced cyclic AMP accumulation. After the trypsin treatment, marked acantholysis was noted histologically and the decreased responsiveness to other adenylate cyclase stimulators was seen. The decrease of the epinephrine response was most marked and that of histamine response was much less. Both low and high Km cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase activities were decreased by the trypsin treatment. However, at 5 min incubation time, when the increase in cyclic AMp level was most marked, the decrease in the phosphodiesterase activities was minimal. Trypsin seems to reveal its action through the proteolytic activation of adenylate cyclase system of the skin.[1]


  1. Effects of trypsin on the cyclic AMP system of the pig skin. Iizuka, H., Aoyagi, T., Kamigaki, K., Kato, N., Nemoto, O., Miura, Y. J. Invest. Dermatol. (1981) [Pubmed]
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