1983 Volume 36 Issue 6 Pages 679-683
Acylpeptides, APD-I, -II and -III, were inhibitors of cyclic adenosine 3', 5'-monophosphate (cAMP) phosphodiesterase, and their inhibition types were non-competitive. The inhibitory activity of APD-II was the most potent among them. Opening of the lactone linkage reduced the inhibitory activity to about half. The activity almost disappeared when an inhibitor or a derivative with opened lactone linkage was methylated with diazomethane. The activity was, however, restored by the addition of metal ions such as Ca2+, Mn2+, Fe2+, and Co2+. This suggests that the inhibition may be caused by a chelating action of the free carboxyl groups of glutamic acid and aspartic acid in the peptide.