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ARIA, a protein that stimulates acetylcholine receptor synthesis, also induces tyrosine phosphorylation of a 185-kDa muscle transmembrane protein.

By G Corfas, D L Falls and G D Fischbach


Motoneurons promote the accumulation of acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) at developing neuromuscular synapses. The AChR-inducing activity protein ARIA, which is purified from chicken brain and increases the synthesis of AChRs in chicken myotubes, may play a crucial role in this process. Here we show that ARIA induces the rapid tyrosine phosphorylation of a M(r) 185,000 protein (p185) in muscle cells. Phosphorylation of p185 correlates with AChR induction at each stage of ARIA purification. Moreover, medium conditioned by spinal cord motoneurons stimulates AChR synthesis and p185 phosphorylation. Studies with membrane-impermeant reagents and 125I-labeled ARIA indicate that p185 is a transmembrane ARIA-receptor tyrosine kinase. Our data suggests that muscle AChR synthesis can be regulated through tyrosine phosphorylation

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1993
DOI identifier: 10.1073/pnas.90.4.1624
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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