cAMP Signaling pp 137-150 | Cite as

Selective Disruption of the AKAP Signaling Complexes

  • Eileen J. Kennedy
  • John D. ScottEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1294)


Synthesis of the second messenger cAMP activates a variety of signaling pathways critical for all facets of intracellular regulation. Protein kinase A (PKA) is the major cAMP-responsive effector. Where and when this enzyme is activated has profound implications on the cellular role of PKA. A-Kinase Anchoring Proteins (AKAPs) play a critical role in this process by orchestrating spatial and temporal aspects of PKA action. A popular means of evaluating the impact of these anchored signaling events is to biochemically interfere with the PKA–AKAP interface. Hence, peptide disruptors of PKA anchoring are valuable tools in the investigation of local PKA action. This article outlines the development of PKA isoform-selective disruptor peptides, documents the optimization of cell-soluble peptide derivatives, and introduces alternative cell-based approaches that interrogate other aspects of the PKA–AKAP interface.


AKAP cAMP signaling Protein kinase A (PKA) Compartmentalization Anchoring proteins RIAD Ht31 AKAP-IS STAD Rselect 



This work was supported, in whole or in part, by National Institutes of Health Grants 1K22CA154600 to EJK, and DK105542 and DK054441 to JDS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Georgia College of PharmacyAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacology, Howard Hughes Medical InstituteUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA

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