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Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 1994 Nov 18;83(1):53-8.

Developmentally regulated glycosylation of dopamine transporter.

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National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Addiction Research Center, Baltimore, MD 21224.


The dopamine transporter (DAT) in rat striatum was examined during postnatal development and aging after photolabeling with [125I]DEEP. The DAT-[125I]DEEP protein complex from adult rats (2 months) appeared as a broad diffuse band in SDS-PAGE gels with average apparent molecular mass of about 80,000 Da as previously found. However, the molecular mass was lower at birth (day 0) and at postnatal ages 4 and 14 days. In aged rats (104 weeks), the molecular mass was slightly higher than that found in young adults (60 days). In binding experiments with [3H]BTCP, there were age-related differences in Kd and Bmax with decreases in both Kd and Bmax found in aged rats. Treatment of photolabeled membranes with neuraminidase caused a reduction in DAT molecular mass, but age-related differences were maintained. Treatment with N-glycanase greatly reduced or eliminated the age-related differences. Several DAT peptide-specific polyclonal antibodies immunoprecipitated DAT-[125I]DEEP protein complex at different developmental ages. Taken together, these results suggest differential glycosylation of rat DAT occurs during postnatal development and aging; the increase is due to increases in the N-linked sugars rather than changes in either sialic acid content or the polypeptide.

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