Synaptic vesicle exocytosis

Thomas C. Südhof, Jose Rizo-Rey

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Abstract

Presynaptic nerve terminals release neurotransmitters by synaptic vesicle exocytosis. Membrane fusion mediating synaptic exocytosis and other intracellular membrane traffic is affected by a universal machinery that includes SNARE (for "soluble NSF-attachment protein receptor") and SM (for "Sec1/Munc18-like") proteins. During fusion, vesicular and target SNARE proteins assemble into an a-helical trans-SNARE complex that forces the two membranes tightly together, and SM proteins likely wrap around assembling trans- SNARE complexes to catalyze membrane fusion. After fusion, SNARE complexes are dissociated by the ATPase NSF (for "N-ethylmaleimide sensitive factor"). Fusion-competent conformations of SNARE proteins are maintained by chaperone complexes composed of CSPa, Hsc70, and SGT, and by nonenzymatically acting synuclein chaperones; dysfunction of these chaperones results in neurodegeneration. The synaptic membrane-fusion machinery is controlled by synaptotagmin, and additionally regulated by a presynaptic protein matrix (the "active zone") that includes Munc13 and RIM proteins as central components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCold Spring Harbor perspectives in biology
Volume3
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

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SNARE Proteins
Soluble N-Ethylmaleimide-Sensitive Factor Attachment Proteins
Synaptic Vesicles
Exocytosis
Fusion reactions
Membrane Fusion
Munc18 Proteins
Membranes
Proteins
Machinery
N-Ethylmaleimide-Sensitive Proteins
Synucleins
Synaptotagmins
Reaction injection molding
Synaptic Membranes
Intracellular Membranes
Presynaptic Terminals
Neurotransmitter Agents
Adenosine Triphosphatases
Conformations

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Synaptic vesicle exocytosis. / Südhof, Thomas C.; Rizo-Rey, Jose.

In: Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in biology, Vol. 3, No. 12, 12.2011.

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