Purchase Solution

What if the activity of phosphodiesterase was blocked ?

Not what you're looking for?

Ask Custom Question

If the activity of phosphodiesterase was blocked, how would a cell be affected if it normally responded to hormonal stimulation through a second messenger system? Be specific.

Purchase this Solution

Solution Summary

Explanation of the second messenger system in more than 250 words is provided in the solution.

Solution Preview

For a second messenger to work effectively it must have the following characteristics:

Amplification - when a few hormone molecules signal the cell, it needs to respond with a signal that is strong enough to get a job done without repeated high levels of stimulation.

Control --- eventually a response must be shut down .

Specificity - when a hormone is released, a given cell should respond in a specific way.
Role of phosphodiesterase is in ...

Purchase this Solution

Free BrainMass Quizzes
Breast Milk and Breastfeeding

How much do you know about breast milk and breastfeeding? Double check your knowledge level with this quiz!

How Well Do You Know Your Body?

This quiz will assess the different systems of the human body. It will examine everything from the organs to the cellular processes that occur.

Do You Know Your Macromolecules?

This quiz will assess your knowledge of the macromolecules that are important to living things.

Birth 101

Do you know about childbirth? Find out with this quiz.

Parts of the Brain

This quiz will test your knowledge on different areas of the brain.