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Association of the brain anion exchanger, AE3, with the repeat domain of ankyrin.

The 89 kDa NH2-terminal domain of erythrocyte ankyrin is composed almost entirely of 22 tandem repeats of a 33 amino acid sequence and constitutes the binding site for the cytoplasmic NH2-terminal domain of the erythrocyte anion exchanger, AE1. We have developed an assay to evaluate the in vivo interaction between a fragment of ankyrin corresponding to this domain (ANK90) and two non-erythroid anion exchangers, AE2 and AE3, that share considerable structural homology with AE1. Association was assessed by co-immunoprecipitation of ANK90-anion exchanger complexes from detergent extracts of cells cotransfected with plasmids encoding the ankyrin fragment and the anion exchanger or mutants thereof. ANK90 was co-immunoprecipitated with AE1 but not with an AE1 deletion mutant lacking the cytoplasmic NH2-terminal domain. Using this assay, we show that the brain anion exchanger AE3, but not the closely related homologue, AE2, is capable of binding to ankyrin.[1]


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