Alternative splicing generates two variants of the α1 subunit of the inhibitory glycine receptor

Maria Luisa Malosio, Gabriele Grenningloh, Jochen Kuhse, Volker Schmieden, Bertram Schmitt, Peter Prior, Heinrich Betz

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The inhibitory glycine receptor (GlyR) in mammalian spinal cord displays pharmacological and molecular heterogeneity of its strychnine binding α subunit. Here, cDNAs were isolated which encode a variant (αins 1) of the rat GlyR α1 subunit that contains eight additional amino acids in its putative cytoplasmic domain. Analysis of the corresponding genomic sequence showed that αins 1 transcripts result from alternative splice acceptor site selection. S1 nuclease protection experiments, Northern blot analysis, and RNA amplification by polymerase chain reaction revealed α1 and αins 1 mRNA in postnatal spinal cord, but not in other brain regions. Expression of synthetic αins 1 RNA in Xenopus oocytes generated glycine-gated strychnine-sensitive chloride channels. These data indicate that alternative splicing contributes to GlyR α subunit heterogeneity in the mammalian central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2048-2053
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 5 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry

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