To monitor the interaction of cell surface acetylcholine (AcCho) receptors with the cytoskeleton, cultured muscle cells were labeled with radioactive or fluorescent alpha-bungarotoxin and extracted with Triton X-100, using conditions that preserve internal structure. A significant population of the AcCho receptors is retained on the skeletal framework remaining after detergent extraction. The skeleton organization responsible for restricting AcCho receptors to a patched region may also result in their retention after detergent extraction.

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