Synaptosomal plasma membranes were isolated from Torpedo cholinergic synaptosomes which had been purified as previously described or repurified by equilibrium centrifugation. The synaptosomal plasma membrane could be distinguished from postsynaptic membranes by the absence of postsynaptic specific markers (nicotinic AChR) and by its low intramembrane particle complement after freeze fracture. In addition, the presynaptic membrane fraction contained acetylcholinesterase. Gel electrophoresis permitted the identification of a major protein component of the presynaptic membrane fraction which had a molecular weight of 67,000. This protein was not found in postsynaptic membrane or synaptic vesicle fractions. Thus it appeared to be specific to the nerve terminal plasma membrane.

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