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Eva Degerman

Eva Degerman

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Eva Degerman

Down-regulation of cyclic-nucleotide phosphodiesterase 3B in 3T3-L1 adipocytes induced by tumour necrosis factor alpha and cAMP


  • Tova Landström
  • Jie Mei
  • Marie Karlsson
  • V Manganiello
  • Eva Degerman

Summary, in English

We have used murine 3T3-L1 cells, which differentiate in culture and acquire morphological and biochemical features of mature adipocytes, as a model for studying the expression of cyclic-nucleotide phosphodiesterase (PDE) 3B activity, protein and mRNA during differentiation and during long-term treatment of the cells with tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), a cytokine associated with insulin resistance, and a cAMP analogue, N(6),2'-O-dibutyryl cAMP (dbcAMP). PDE3B activity, protein and mRNA could be detected 4 days after the initiation of differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Treatment of 3T3-L1 adipocytes with 10 ng/ml TNF-alpha for 24 h produced a maximal (50%) decrease in PDE3B activity, protein and mRNA, which was well correlated with both activation of protein kinase A (PKA) and stimulation of lipolysis, presumably reflecting an increase in intracellular cAMP concentration. To investigate the effect of cAMP on PDE3B we treated 3T3-L1 adipocytes with dbcAMP. After 4 h with 0.5 mM dbcAMP, PDE3B activity was decreased by 80%, which was also correlated with a decrease in PDE3B protein and mRNA. This effect was abolished in the presence of N-[2-(bromocinnamylamino)ethyl]-5-isoquinolinesulphonamide] (H-89), a specific PKA inhibitor. We conclude that the lipolytic effect of TNF-alpha involves the down-regulation of PDE3B, which is associated with increased activation of PKA, presumably owing to increased levels of cAMP. In addition, the PKA activation induced by dbcAMP resulted in the down-regulation of PDE3B. These results, which suggest that PDE3B is a novel target for long-term regulation by TNF-alpha and cAMP, could contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms of insulin resistance.


  • Department of Experimental Medical Science
  • Appetite Regulation
  • Insulin Signal Transduction

Publishing year







Biochemical Journal





Document type

Journal article


Portland Press


  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology



Research group

  • Appetite Regulation
  • Insulin Signal Transduction


  • ISSN: 0264-6021