AnkyrinG. A new ankyrin gene with neural-specific isoforms localized at the axonal initial segment and node of Ranvier.
We have characterized a new ankyrin gene, expressed in brain and other tissues, that is subject to extensive tissue-specific alternative mRNA processing. The full-length polypeptide has a molecular mass of 480 kDa and includes a predicted globular head domain, with membrane- and spectrin-binding activities, as well as an extended "tail" domain. We term this gene ankyrinG based on its giant size and general expression. Two brain-specific isoforms of 480 kDa and 270 kDa were identified that contain a unique stretch of sequence highly enriched in serine and threonine residues immediately following the globular head domain. Antibodies against the serine-rich domain and spectrin-binding domain revealed labeling of nodes of Ranvier and axonal initial segments. Ankyrin-binding proteins also known to be localized in these specialized membrane domains include the voltage-dependent sodium channel, the sodium/potassium ATPase, sodium/calcium exchanger, and members of the neurofascin/L1 family of cell adhesion molecules. The neural-specific ankyrinG polypeptides are candidates to participate in maintenance/targeting of ion channels and cell adhesion molecules to nodes of Ranvier and axonal initial segments.
Kordeli, E; Lambert, S; Bennett, V
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