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Neuron. 1996 Jul;17(1):103-13.

Heteromultimerization and NMDA receptor-clustering activity of Chapsyn-110, a member of the PSD-95 family of proteins.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 02114, USA.


Chapsyn-110, a novel membrane-associated putative guanylate kinase (MAGUK) that binds directly to N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor and Shaker K+ channel subunits, is 70%-80% identical to, and shares an identical domain organization with, PSD-95/SAP90 and SAP97. In rat brain, chapsyn-110 protein shows a somatodendritic expression pattern that overlaps partly with PSD-95 but that contrasts with the axonal distribution of SAP97. Chapsyn-110 associates tightly with the postsynaptic density in brain, and mediates the clustering of both NMDA receptors and K+ channels in heterologous cells. Indeed, chapsyn-110 and PSD-95 can heteromultimerize with each other and are recruited into the same NMDA receptor and K+ channel clusters. Thus, chapsyn-110 and PSD-95 may interact at postsynaptic sites to form a multimeric scaffold for the clustering of receptors, ion channels, and associated signalling proteins.

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