PMID: 220417Mar 1, 1979Paper

Regulation of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase activity in myometrium from pregnant and spayed rhesus monkeys

Journal of Reproduction and Fertility
C H BeattyP T Herrington


The activities of myometrial cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDEs) and the sensitivity of these enzymes to the effector molecules, cGMP and cAMP, were determined in the 100,000 g supernatant of homogenates from pregnant and spayed rhesus monkeys. The specific activities (per mg nitrogen) of the myometrial cyclic nucleotide PDEs in the supernatant from spayed monkeys were higher than those from pregnant monkeys at all substrate levels studied. However, when calculated on the basis of the DNA content of the myometrium, which was 8 times higher in the spayed than in the pregnant animals, the specific activities were lower in the tissue from spayed animals. At substrate levels of 2 . 5 micron-cAMP, low levels of cGMP (0 . 1-1 . 0 micron) caused the same percentage increase in cGMP-PDE activity in both tissues. At high substrate levels of 100 micron-cAMP, 1 micron-cGMP inhibited only the cAMP-PDE from spayed monkeys, and the enzyme from spayed monkeys was more effectively inhibited by 10 and 40 micron-cGMP than was the enzyme from pregnant animals. The cGMP-PDE activity was inhibited by cAMP (1 . 0-50 . 0 micron), and the percentage inhibition with increasing levels of cAMP appeared to be similar in the two series. The levels ...Continue Reading


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