Brenda Porter, MD

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  • A MOTONEURON-SELECTIVE STOP SIGNAL IN THE SYNAPTIC PROTEIN S-LAMININ NEURON Porter, B. E., Weis, J., Sanes, J. R. 1995; 14 (3): 549-559

    Abstract:

    Motor axons preferentially reinnervate original synaptic sites on denervated muscle fibers. We have shown that components of synaptic basal lamina direct this selectivity, and we identified a protein, s-laminin, that is concentrated in synaptic basal lamina. Here, we report that a recombinant s-laminin fragment inhibits neurite outgrowth promoted by laminin. A tripeptide sequence in this fragment, Leu-Arg-Glu (LRE), contributes to this inhibition and is itself sufficient to inhibit outgrowth. LRE-mediated inhibition is selective for motoneuron-like cells and is observed in mixtures with several, but not all, outgrowth-promoting substrates. Growth cones extending on laminin stop for up to several hours upon contacting deposits of the s-laminin fragment. Thus, LRE may serve as a cell type-selective and context-dependent target-derived signal that plays a role in synapse formation.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1995QP23000008

    View details for PubMedID 7695901

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