A Candida albicans cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase: cloning and expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and biochemical characterization of the recombinant enzyme

Microbiology (Reading). 1994 Jul;140 ( Pt 7):1533-42. doi: 10.1099/13500872-140-7-1533.


We have cloned a Candida albicans gene, which encodes a cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase (PDEase), by complementation in a Saccharomyces cerevisiae PDEase-deficient mutant. The deduced amino acid sequence is similar to that of the low-affinity PDEase of S. cerevisiae (PDE1) and the cyclic nucleotide PDEase (PD) of Dictyostelium discoideum. Biochemical analysis of recombinant protein produced in S. cerevisiae indicated that the enzyme behaves as a PDE1 homologue: it hydrolyses both cAMP (Km = 0.49 mM) and cGMP (Km = 0.25 mM), does not require divalent cations for maximal activity and is only moderately inhibited by millimolar concentrations of standard PDEase inhibitors. Based on these data, we designate the C. albicans we have cloned, PDE1. Low-stringency genomic Southern blots showed cross-hybridization between C. albicans PDE1 and DNA from Candida stellatoidea, but not with DNA from S. cerevisiae or several closely related Candida species.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • 3',5'-Cyclic-AMP Phosphodiesterases / genetics*
  • 3',5'-Cyclic-AMP Phosphodiesterases / metabolism
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Candida albicans / enzymology
  • Candida albicans / genetics*
  • Cations, Divalent / metabolism
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Cyclic AMP / metabolism
  • Cyclic GMP / metabolism
  • Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterases, Type 1
  • Genes, Fungal / genetics*
  • Genetic Complementation Test
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phosphoric Diester Hydrolases*
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Species Specificity


  • Cations, Divalent
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Cyclic AMP
  • Phosphoric Diester Hydrolases
  • 3',5'-Cyclic-AMP Phosphodiesterases
  • Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterases, Type 1
  • Cyclic GMP

Associated data

  • GENBANK/L12045