Organization and expression of the gene encoding chick kainate binding protein, a member of the glutamate receptor family

Paul Gregor, Xiaodong Yang, Itzchak Mano, Motohide Takemura, Vivian I. Teichberg, George R. Uhl

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The gene encoding chick cerebellar Bergmann glia-specific kainate binding protein (chKBP), has been isolated, characterized and expressed in heterologous systems. The structural gene spans 11.2 kb and contains 11 exons and 10 introns. Several of the exons encode specific receptor domains, including each of the predicted transmembrane regions. Exon/intron boundaries flanking the second, putative channel-forming transmembrane domain are conserved between chKBP and other glutamate/kainate receptor subunits. The putative promoter region 5′ to the first exon displays high GC content and TATA, CAAT and API consensus sequences. Transcription of the chKBP gene is evident prior to full cerebellar cortical maturation. Transcripts are abundant in cells consistent with Bergmann glia, as revealed by in situ hybridization. Transfection of 293 kidney cell cultures with chKBP cDNA or chKBP gene expression constructs confers CNQX-sensitive kainate binding with the pharmacological specificity displayed by both chKBP and kainate receptors. However, expression of the same constructs in Xenopus oocytes fails to yield detectable agonist-activated currents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Brain Research
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1992



  • Bergmann glia
  • Cerebellum
  • Gene structure
  • Kainate receptor gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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