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A combination of human alpha 1 and beta 1 subunits is required for formation of detectable GABA-activated chloride channels in Sf9 cells.
John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University.
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1992 (English)In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, ISSN 0962-8452, E-ISSN 1471-2954, Vol. 250, no 1329, 307-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The baculovirus expression system was used to produce alpha 1 and beta 1 subunits of the human GABAA receptor in Sf9 cells. In cells infected with both alpha 1 and beta 1 recombinant viruses, GABA elicited an outwardly rectifying chloride current that was blocked by bicuculline and potentiated by pentobarbitone. GABA did not produce detectable currents in cells infected with either alpha 1 or beta 1 recombinant viruses alone. In these cells, and in control (non-infected) Sf9 cells, pentobarbitone depressed the leakage current (Ki = 55 microM). Fluorescently labelled monoclonal antibodies to the alpha 1 subunit showed greater amounts of the alpha 1 subunit in cells infected with only the alpha 1 recombinant virus than in cells co-infected with the alpha 1 and beta 1 recombinant viruses. Fluorescence of the plasma membrane was seen in cells co-infected with the alpha 1 and beta 1 recombinant viruses, but was absent in cells infected with only the alpha 1 recombinant virus. It was concluded that the alpha 1 subunit normally interacts with the beta 1 subunit to be transported to the plasma membrane in Sf9 cells.

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1992. Vol. 250, no 1329, 307-12 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182800DOI: 10.1098/rspb.1992.0163PubMedID: 1283641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182800DiVA: diva2:560732
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