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3'-5'-Cyclic adenosine monophosphate/protein kinase A (cAMP/PKA) signalling is activated by different extracellular stimuli and mediates many diverse processes within the same cell. It is now well established that in order to translate into the appropriate cellular function multiple extracellular inputs, which may act simultaneously on the same cell, the cAMP/PKA signalling pathway is compartmentalised. Multimolecular complexes are organised at specific subcellular sites to generate spatially confined signalosomes, which include effectors, modulators and targets of the pathway. In recent years, it has become evident that mitochondria represent sites of compartmentalised cAMP signalling. However, the exact location and the molecular composition of distinct mitochondria signalosomes and their function remain largely unknown. In this review, we focus on individual components of the cAMP/PKA signalling pathway at distinct mitochondria subdomains represented by the outer and inner mitochondrial membranes, the intermembrane space and the matrix, highlighting some of the questions that remain unanswered.

Original publication

DOI

10.1042/BST20160394

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biochem Soc Trans

Publication Date

08/02/2017

Volume

45

Pages

269 - 274

Keywords

cAMP, cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases, intracellular signalling, mitochondria, 3',5'-Cyclic-AMP Phosphodiesterases, Animals, Cyclic AMP, Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases, Humans, Mitochondria, Mitochondrial Membranes, Models, Biological, Signal Transduction