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Adenylyl cyclases (ACs) are a family of enzymes that synthesize cAMP, upon stimulation. cAMP is an important second messenger, which regulates carbohydrate, lipid, protein, and nucleic acid metabolism as well as synaptic transmission, ion channel function, and transcription in neurons1. There are nine closely related isoforms of ACs (AC1–9) in mammals. All AC isoforms share a primary structure consisting of two hydrophobic regions which comprise six transmembrane helices and three large cytoplasmic domains. The basic catalytic unit of a membrane-bound AC molecule consists of the C1a and C2 domains. The N-terminus domains of ACs are highly variable, and might play a regulatory role2.
Adenylyl Cyclase type 3 (AC3) is widely expressed in the olfactory tissue, human cell line HEK-293, bovine brain, spinal cord, adrenal medulla, adrenal cortex, heart atrium, aorta, lung and retina3.
Several studies have suggested that AC3 may play an important role in the regulation of glucose metabolism and body weight. It was found that overexpression of AC3 mRNA is involved in pathophysiological metabolic processes, such as type 2 diabetes4. In addition, a recent study demonstrated the association of AC3 with gastric cancer as well as its tumorigenic potentials5.
Furthermore, AC3-knockout mice showed peripheral and behavioral anosmia6.
Species reactivity key:
Anti-Adenylate Cyclase Type III (extracellular) Antibody (#AAR-043) is a highly specific antibody directed against an extracellular epitope of the rat protein. The antibody can be used in western blot, immunohistochemistry and live cell imaging applications. The antibody recognizes an extracellular epitope and thus, is ideal for detecting AC3 in living cells. It has been designed to recognize AC3 from human, rat and mouse samples.
Anti-Adenylate Cyclase Type III (extracellular)-ATTO-488 Antibody (#AAR-043-AG) is directly labeled with an ATTO-488 fluorescent dye. ATTO dyes are characterized by strong absorption (high extinction coefficient), high fluorescence quantum yield, and high photo-stability. The ATTO-488 label is analogous to the well known dye fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) and can be used with filters typically used to detect FITC. Anti-Adenylate Cyclase Type III (extracellular)-ATTO-488 Antibody has been tested in live cell imaging applications and is specially suited to experiments requiring simultaneous labeling of different markers.
Products for control experiments
- Anti-Adenylate Cyclase Type III (extracellular) Antibody (#AAR-043), (for western blot analysis).
- Activators/Agonists: small molecules