Identification of two amino acid residues in the ϵ subunit that promote mammalian muscle acetylcholine receptor assembly in COS cells

Yong Gu, Patricia Camacho, Paul Gardner, Zach W. Hall

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Abstract

We have used a species difference in s subunits of the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) to investigate regions of the subunit protein that are important in receptor assembly. Upon transient transfection of COS cells, mouse ε{lunate} subunit cDNA is approximately 10 times more effective than that of the rat in supporting expression of surface AChRs when the other subunits are from either mouse or rat. In cells transfected with only α and ε{lunate} subunit cDNAs, the formation of an αε{lunate} heterodimer, a presumed assembly intermediate, is also less efficient with rat than with mouse ε{lunate} subunit. By site-directed mutagenesis, we have found that these differences can be accounted for by 2 amino acid differences in the N-terminal domain at positions 106 and 115 of the rat and mouse ε{lunate} subunits, suggesting that the region near these 2 amino acid residues is important for AChR assembly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-887
Number of pages9
JournalNeuron
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1991
Externally publishedYes

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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