The present paper examines where the extracellular-matrix (ECM) 16S acetylcholinesterase (AChE, EC is assembled in muscle cells in culture. The existence of an internal pool of 16S AChE was detected by using AChE inhibitors of differing membrane permeability. After irreversible inhibition of all cellular esterase, the newly synthesized 16S form appears in an intracellular compartment and is only later detected on the cell surface. Results show that the ECM 16S AChE is assembled within muscle cells.

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