Yeast expression vectors were constructed containing complementary DNA encoding the α-, β-, γ-, and δ-subunits of the Torpedo californica nicotinic acetylcholine receptor under the control of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae alcohol dehydrogenase promoter. All four plasmids were integrated into the yeast genome of a single yeast cell. The resulting yeast strain synthesized polypeptides novel to yeast that had the molecular weights and antigenic properties similar to the authentic T. californica receptor α-, γ-, and δ-subunits. The β-subunit polypeptide could not be detected in this yeast strain, even though the poly(A)+ RNA from this strain contained all the information necessary for the expression of functional acetylcholine receptors in Xenopus laevis oocytes. The replacement of the β-subunit mRNA 5'-untranslated leader and its N-terminal signal sequence by the corresponding α-subunit sequences, however, resulted in the expression of the β-subunit polypeptide in yeast grown at 5°C.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1989|
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