Murine choline-O-acetyltransferase (EC 188.8.131.52) is a 71,721 dalton protein(640 amino acids) expressed in cholinergic neurons of both the PNS and CNS. In the CNS, ChAT is expressed in motor neurons and pre-ganglionic autonomic neurons of the spinal cord, a subset of neurons in the neostriatum, and in the basal forebrain. In the PNS, ChAT is expressed in a small subpopulation of sympathetic neurons and in all parasympathetic neurons. ChAT is the enzyme responsible for synthesis of acetylcholine from acetyl-coenzyme A and choline.
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