Gene. Full name is "cAMP-dependent protein kinase 1", symbol "Pka-C1". Synonyms: DC0, PKA.
Affects the chemical communication between cells. When activated by the cAMP (cyclic AMP), it phosphorylates (modifies with a phosphate residue) target proteins capable of affecting biological activity. PKA has four subunits- two regulatory subunits and two catalytic subunits. The two regulatory subunits bind with cAMP by two cAMP molecules to each subunit.
Research on mice has found that PKA is participating both in the development of fat cells and the ability to get mice drunk.