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New messages from old messengers: cAMP and mycobacteria

Shenoy, Avinash R and Visweswariah, Sandhya S (2006) New messages from old messengers: cAMP and mycobacteria. In: Trends in Microbiology, 14 (12). pp. 543-550.

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Cyclic nucleotides are ancient second messengers, and the enzymes that synthesize cAMP and cGMP [cyclic nucleotide monophosphates (cNMPs)] are encoded in the genomes of several bacteria.We focus here on recent biochemical and structural information on the proteins that make and break cyclic nucleotides in mycobacteria, namely the nucleotide cyclases and phosphodiesterases, respectively. The presence of these enzymes along with putative cNMP-binding proteins suggests an intricate regulation of cAMP metabolism and utilization by these organisms. It is anticipated that future research will be directed towards identifying cellular processes that are regulated by cAMP in mycobacteria and deciphering the cross-talk between mycobacterial pathogens and their eukaryotic host.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Trends in Microbiology
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/9508

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