alpha-Actinin interacts with rapsyn in agrin-stimulated AChR clustering.

G. Clement Dobbins, Shiwen Luo, Zhihua Yang, Wencheng Xiong, Lin Mei

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Abstract

AChR is concentrated at the postjunctional membrane at the neuromuscular junction. However, the underlying mechanism is unclear. We show that α-actinin, a protein known to cross-link F-actin, interacts with rapsyn, a scaffold protein essential for neuromuscular junction formation. α-Actinin, rapsyn, and surface AChR form a ternary complex. Moreover, the rapsyn-α-actinin interaction is increased by agrin, a factor known to stimulate AChR clustering. Downregulation of α-actinin expression inhibits agrin-mediated AChR clustering. Furthermore, the rapsyn-α-actinin interaction can be disrupted by inhibiting Abl and by cholinergic stimulation. Together these results indicate a role for α-actinin in AChR clustering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalMolecular brain
Volume1
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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alpha-Actinin interacts with rapsyn in agrin-stimulated AChR clustering. / Dobbins, G. Clement; Luo, Shiwen; Yang, Zhihua; Xiong, Wencheng; Mei, Lin.

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Dobbins, G. Clement ; Luo, Shiwen ; Yang, Zhihua ; Xiong, Wencheng ; Mei, Lin. / alpha-Actinin interacts with rapsyn in agrin-stimulated AChR clustering. In: Molecular brain. 2008 ; Vol. 1.
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