Calmodulin-dependent phosphodiesterase (CaMPDE) is one of the key enzymes involved in the complex interactions which occur between the cyclic-nucleotide and Ca2+ second-messenger systems. Calmodulin-dependent phosphodiesterase exists in different isoenzymic forms, which exhibit distinct molecular and/or catalytic properties. The kinetic properties suggest that the 63 kDa brain isoenzyme is distinct from the brain 60 kDa and heart and lung CaMPDE isoenzymes. The CaMPDE isoenzymes of 60 kDa from brain, heart and lung are regulated by calmodulin, but the affinities for calmodulin are different. At identical concentrations of calmodulin, the bovine heart CaMPDE isoenzyme is stimulated at a much lower Ca2+ concentration than the bovine brain or lung isoenzymes. The bovine lung CaMPDE isoenzyme contains calmodulin as a tightly bound subunit, so that a change in calmodulin concentration had no effect on the [Ca2+]-dependence of activation of this isoenzyme. These observations are consistent with the notion that differential regulation by calmodulin and Ca2+ is an important function of these isoenzymes, which provide fine-tuning mechanisms for calmodulin action.

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