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Conformational switch of syntaxin-1 controls synaptic vesicle fusion.

Authors: Gerber, SH  Rah, JC  Min, SW  Liu, X  De Wit, H  Dulubova, I  Meyer, AC  Rizo, J  Arancillo, M  Hammer, RE  Verhage, M  Rosenmund, C  Sudhof, TC 
Citation: Gerber SH, etal., Science. 2008 Sep 12;321(5895):1507-10. doi: 10.1126/science.1163174. Epub 2008 Aug 14.
RGD ID: 11535099
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18703708
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1126/science.1163174

During synaptic vesicle fusion, the soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor-attachment protein receptor (SNARE) protein syntaxin-1 exhibits two conformations that both bind to Munc18-1: a "closed" conformation outside the SNARE complex and an "open" conformation in the SNARE complex. Although SNARE complexes containing open syntaxin-1 and Munc18-1 are essential for exocytosis, the function of closed syntaxin-1 is unknown. We generated knockin/knockout mice that expressed only open syntaxin-1B. Syntaxin-1B(Open) mice were viable but succumbed to generalized seizures at 2 to 3 months of age. Binding of Munc18-1 to syntaxin-1 was impaired in syntaxin-1B(Open) synapses, and the size of the readily releasable vesicle pool was decreased; however, the rate of synaptic vesicle fusion was dramatically enhanced. Thus, the closed conformation of syntaxin-1 gates the initiation of the synaptic vesicle fusion reaction, which is then mediated by SNARE-complex/Munc18-1 assemblies.


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Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Stx1a  (syntaxin 1A)

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