Pharmacological and functional diversity of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors

Evan S. Deneris, John Connolly, Scott W. Rogers, Robert Duvoisin

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Recent molecular cloning studies have identified several genes encoding α and β subunits of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. These genes have distinct, although overlapping, patterns of expression in the brain and peripheral ganglia. Multiple nicotinic receptors with distinct pharmacological and functional properties can be made in oocytes by pairwise combination of different α-type subunits with different β-type subunits. Both α and β subunits contribute to the pharmacological and functional diversity. Evan Deneris and colleagues explain how oocyte expression studies, in concert with immunological and electrophysiological analysis in vivo, are beginning to reveal the subunit compositions of different neuronal nicotinic receptor subtypes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in pharmacological sciences
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology


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