Cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase activity in salt extracts of rat liver plasma membranes was progressively inactivated by treatment with the metal chelators 8-hydroxyquinoline and o-phenanthroline, but not the non-chelating m-phenanthroline isomer. Activity at 20 microM-cyclic AMP was lost more slowly than activity at 0.4 microM-cyclic AMP. The activity of treated preparations was partially restored by incubation with Zn2+ or Mn2+ ions (in the presence of 1 mM-MgCl2) but not with Ca2+, Cd2+, Co2+, Cu2+ or Fe2+ ions, nor by MgCl2 alone. The results suggest the presence in the membrane extracts of a cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase containing tightly bound metal, possibly Zn or Mn, that affects the enzyme's affinity for cyclic AMP.
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