Synaptic vesicle fusion

Jose Rizo-Rey, Christian Rosenmund

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The core of the neurotransmitter release machinery is formed by SNARE complexes, which bring the vesicle and plasma membranes together and are key for fusion, and by Munc18-1, which controls SNARE-complex formation and may also have a direct role in fusion. In addition, SNARE complex assembly is likely orchestrated by Munc13s and RIMs, active-zone proteins that function in vesicle priming and diverse forms of presynaptic plasticity. Synaptotagmin-1 mediates triggering of release by Ca2+, probably through interactions with SNAREs and both membranes, as well as through a tight interplay with complexins. Elucidation of the release mechanism will require a full understanding of the network of interactions among all these proteins and the membranes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-674
Number of pages10
JournalNature Structural and Molecular Biology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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