Integrating signals between cAMP and the RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK signalling pathways. Based on the anniversary prize of the Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie Lecture delivered on 5 July 2003 at the Special FEBS Meeting in Brussels

FEBS J. 2005 Jul;272(14):3491-504. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2005.04763.x.


One of the hallmarks of cAMP is its ability to inhibit proliferation in many cell types, but stimulate proliferation in others. Clearly cAMP has cell type specific effects and the outcome on proliferation is largely attributed to crosstalk from cAMP to the RAS/RAF/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) kinase (MEK)/ERK pathway. We review the crosstalk between these two ancient and conserved pathways, describing the molecular mechanisms underlying the interactions between these pathways and discussing their possible biological importance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cyclic AMP / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • MAP Kinase Signaling System*
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases / metabolism*
  • raf Kinases / metabolism*
  • ras Proteins / metabolism*


  • Cyclic AMP
  • raf Kinases
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases
  • ras Proteins