Characterization of phosphotyrosine containing proteins at the cholinergic synapse

Sudha Balasubramanian, Richard L. Huganir

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Tyrosine phosphorylation has been associated with several aspects of the regulation of cholinergic synaptic function, including nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) desensitization as well as the synthesis and clustering of synaptic components. While some progress has been made in elucidating the molecular events initiating such signals, the downstream targets of these tyrosine kinase pathways have yet to be characterized. In this paper we have used molecular cloning techniques to identify proteins which are tyrosine phosphorylated at the cholinergic synapse. Phosphotyrosine containing proteins (PYCPs) were isolated from the electric organ of Torpedo californica by anti-phosphotyrosine immunoaffinity chromatography. Peptide sequencing and expression cloning then identified the isolated proteins. The proteins identified included heat shock protein 90, type III intermediate filament from Torpedo electric organ, α-fodrin, β-tubulin, actin and rapsyn. These tyrosine phosphorylated proteins may play a role in the regulation of synaptic function by tyrosine kinases. Copyright (C) 1999 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 5 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Cholinergic synapse
  • Torpedo californica
  • Tyrosine phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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