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Eur J Neurosci. 1993 Sep 1;5(9):1118-26.

Functional topography of the myelin-associated glycoprotein. I. Mapping of domains by electron microscopy.

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Department of Neurobiology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Z├╝rich.


The functional topography of the myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG) was investigated by electron microscopic analysis of rotary-shadowed molecules of a MAG fragment (MAG 90) comprising the five immunoglobulin-like domains of the extracellular part of the molecule. MAG 90 molecules appeared as rod-like structures (18.5 +/- 1.2 nm long and 4.0 +/- 0.8 nm wide) with a globular domain at one end. Antibodies directed against the amino- and carboxy-terminus of MAG 90 interacted with the non-globular terminal region, indicating that the molecule is bent in the globular region with the amino- and carboxy-terminal arms in close apposition to each other. An antibody which interferes with the binding of MAG to neurons interacted predominantly with the globular domain of MAG 90. The fibril-forming collagen types I, III and V bound mainly to the non-globular terminal region of MAG 90, whereas the majority of heparin molecules interacted with the globular region of the molecule. The L2/HNK-1 carbohydrate structure was localized at the non-globular region in the protein fragment comprising the fourth and fifth immunoglobulin-like domains.

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