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Biochemistry. 1991 Jan 8;30(1):42-7.

Mapping of antigenic epitopes on the alpha 1 subunit of the inhibitory glycine receptor.

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ZMBH, Universität Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany.


The inhibitory glycine receptor (GlyR) is a ligand-gated chloride channel protein that occurs in developmentally regulated isoforms in the vertebrate central nervous system. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against the GlyR distinguish neonatal and adult GlyR proteins by identifying distinct alpha subunit variants within these receptor isoforms. Here, bacterially expressed fusion proteins of the rat GlyR alpha 1 subunit were used to localize the major antigenic epitopes of this protein within its N-terminal 105 amino acids. Synthetic peptides allowed further fine mapping of two mAb binding domains. MAb 2b, specific for the adult alpha 1 subunit, bound to a peptide corresponding to amino acids 1-10, whereas mAb 4a, which recognizes both neonatal and adult GlyR isoforms, reacted with a peptide representing residues 96-105 of the alpha 1 polypeptide. These data define unique and common antigenic epitopes on GlyR alpha subunit variants.

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