A number of monoclonal antibodies were raised against the purified porcine atrial muscarinic acetylcholine receptor. The antibodies were shown to exhibit a high degree of specificity for the receptor by their ability to recognize the purified receptor but not other porcine atrial glycoproteins in enzyme-linked solid-phase immunosorptive assays and by immunoblot analyses. Several of the antibodies were able to quantitatively precipitate the muscarinic receptor in both pig and rat heart and a portion of the receptor from rat cerebellum but little if any receptor from rat cerebral cortex. Thus, these monoclonal antibodies not only exhibit specificity for the muscarinic receptor but also are specific for the cardiac receptor subtype.
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