One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cyclic form of adenosine monophosphate (adenylic acid) which plays a major role in controlling many enzyme-catalysed processes in living cells.
- ‘In the 1970s everything in physiology and medicine was explained by cyclic AMP levels going up or down in cells.’
- ‘The exact mechanism whereby ISM increases platelet cAMP appears to be that of inhibition of cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase.’
- ‘Diurnal changes in the plasma levels of cortisol, epinephrine, cyclic AMP and histamine are thought to be the cause of this exacerbation.’
- ‘By inhibition of certain enzymes, it allows an increase in the concentration of the ‘second messenger’, cyclic AMP, within cells, enhancing in turn the systems which this activates.’
- ‘The product of adenyl cyclase is cyclic AMP, which quickly degrades in postmortem brain so it cannot be measured.’
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