The 'embryonic' gamma subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor is expressed in adult extraocular muscle

Robert M. Horton, Angelo A. Manfredi, Bianca M. Conti-Tronconi

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Abstract

We have PCR-amplified cDNA sequence of the "embryonic" γ subunit of muscle acetylcholine receptor (AChR) from adult bovine extraocular muscle (EOM). We cloned and sequenced this product and used it to probe Northern blots. We detected the γ subunit in EOM mRNA, but not in control skeletal muscle. The presence of γ subunit in EOMs may explain their preferential involvement in myasthenia gravis, where an autoimmune response to the γ subunit is generally present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-986
Number of pages4
JournalNeurology
Volume43
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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