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Neuron. 1990 Aug;5(2):147-57.

Properties of embryonic and adult muscle acetylcholine receptors transiently expressed in COS cells.

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Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0444.


We used transient transfection in COS cells to compare the properties of mouse muscle acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) containing alpha, beta, delta, and either gamma or epsilon subunits. gamma- and epsilon-AChRs had identical association rates for binding 125I-alpha-bungarotoxin, and identical curves for inhibition of toxin binding by d-tubocurarine, but epsilon-AChRs had a significantly longer half-time of turnover in the membrane than gamma-AChRs. A myasthenic serum specific for the embryonic form of the AChR reduced toxin binding to gamma-, but not epsilon-AChRs. The gamma-AChRs had channel characteristics of embryonic AChRs, whereas the major class of epsilon-AChR channels had the characteristics of adult AChRs. Two minor channel classes with smaller conductances were also seen with epsilon-AChR. Thus, some, but not all, of the differences between AChRs at adult endplates and those in the extrasynaptic membrane can be explained by the difference in subunit composition of gamma- and epsilon-AChRs.

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