Regulation of protein synthesis in Y-organs of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus): Involvement of cyclic AMP

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  • Paired Y-organs secrete ecdysteroid hormones that control cycles of growth and molting in crustaceans. Y-Organs are regulated, at least in part, by molt-inhibiting hormone (MIH), a polypeptide produced and released by the X-organ/sinus gland complex of the eyestalks. In the present studies, crab (Callinectes sapidus) Y-organs were incubated in vitro in the presence of [ S]methionine, and cyclic nucleotide analogs or experimental agents that influence the cAMP signaling pathway. In 4-hr incubations, 8-Br-cAMP and db-cAMP (but not 8-Br-cGMP) suppressed incorporation of [ S] methionine into Y-organ proteins; the effect of 8-Br-cAMP was concentration-dependent. Autoradiograms of radiolabeled Y-organ proteins separated on SDS-PAGE gels indicated the effect of 8-Br-cAMP was general (as opposed to selective) suppression of protein synthesis. Addition of both forskolin (an adenylyl cyclase activator) and 3-isobutyl-l-methylxanthine (a phosphodiesterase inhibitor) likewise suppressed incorporation of [ S]methionine into Y-organ proteins. Cycloheximide (a protein synthesis inhibitor) suppressed incorporation of [ S]methionine into Y-organ proteins and secretion of ecdysteroids. The combined results suggest that cAMP is involved in regulation of protein synthesis in C. sapidus Y-organs. We are currently investigating the link of protein synthesis to ecdysteroid production, and the possibility of cross-talk between cAMP and other cellular signaling pathways in Y-organs. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc. 35 35 35 35
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  • Han DW; Patel N; Watson RD
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  • 328
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  • 334
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  • 305
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  • 4