Amphiphilic, glycophosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC)-insensitive monomers and dimers of acetylcholinesterase

Suzanne Bon, Terrone L. Rosenberry, Jean Massoulié

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1. In a recent study, we distinguished two classes of amphiphilic AChE dimers in Torpedo tissues: class I corresponds to glycolipid-anchored dimers and class II molecules are characterized by their lack of sensitivity to PI-PLC and PI-PLD, relatively small shift in sedimentation with detergent, and absence of aggregation without detergent. 2. In the present report, we analyze the amphiphilic or nonamphiphilic properties of globular AChE forms in T28 murine neural cells, rabbit muscle, and chicken muscle. The molecular forms were identified by sucrose gradient sedimentation in the presence and absence of detergent and analyzed by nondenaturing charge-shift electrophoresis. Some amphiphilic forms showed an abnormal electrophoretic migration in the absence of detergent, because of the retention of detergent micelles. 3. We show that the amphiphilic monomers (G1a) from these tissues, as well as the amphiphilic dimers (G2a) from chicken muscle, resemble the class II dimers of Torpedo AChE. We cannot exclude that these molecules possess a glycolipidic anchor but suggest that their hydrophobic domain may be of a different nature. We discuss their relationships with other cholinesterase molecular forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-172
Number of pages16
JournalCellular and molecular neurobiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1991


  • acetylcholinesterase
  • glycolipidic anchor
  • glycophosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC)
  • glycophosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase D (PI-PLD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology


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