cyclic phosphate -->
adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate
medical dictionary

An activator of phosphorylase kinase and an effector of other enzymes, formed in muscle from ATP by adenylate cyclase and broken down to 5'-AMP by a phosphodiesterase; sometimes referred to as the "second messenger." A related compound (2',3') is also known.

Synonyms: cyclic adenylic acid, cyclic AMP, cyclic phosphate.

Acronym: cAMP

(05 Mar 2000)