Mapping of the cAMP-dependent phosphorylation sites on the acetylcholine receptor.

M. C. Souroujon, D. Neumann, S. Pizzighella, M. Fridkin, S. Fuchs

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We have synthesized a tetradecapeptide corresponding to residues 354-367 of the delta-subunit of Torpedo acetylcholine receptor. This peptide contains the sequence Arg-Arg-Ser-Ser which has been proposed as the site for phosphorylation of the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) by an endogenous cAMP-dependent protein kinase. We have shown that the synthetic peptide can be phosphorylated by the catalytic subunit of bovine heart cAMP-dependent protein kinase. Antibodies elicited against peptide 354-367 were shown to cross-react with native AChR and to bind specifically to the delta- and gamma-subunit as detected by immunoblotting. Furthermore, antipeptide antibodies were shown to inhibit specifically the cAMP-dependent phosphorylation of both the delta- and gamma-subunits. This suggests that the phosphorylation sites in the delta- and gamma-subunits are highly cross-reactive, and is in agreement with the demonstration that an endogenous cAMP-dependent kinase phosphorylates these two subunits, probably on homologous sequences. Tryptic digestion of the delta-subunit isolated from phosphorylated AChR yields a single 25-kd phosphorylated fragment. Immunoblotting experiments allowed us to map peptide 354-367 within this phosphorylated fragment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-546
Number of pages4
JournalEMBO Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1986


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