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Synaptojanin 2, a novel synaptojanin isoform with a distinct targeting domain and expression pattern.

Authors: Nemoto, Y  Arribas, M  Haffner, C  DeCamilli, P 
Citation: Nemoto Y, etal., J Biol Chem 1997 Dec 5;272(49):30817-21.
RGD ID: 69390
Pubmed: PMID:9388224   (View Abstract at PubMed)

Synaptojanin (synaptojanin 1) is a recently identified inositol 5'-phosphatase, which is highly enriched in nerve terminals and is implicated in synaptic vesicle recycling. It is composed of three domains: an amino-terminal SacI homology region, a central inositol 5'-phosphatase homology region, and a carboxyl-terminal proline-rich region. We have now identified and characterized a novel form of synaptojanin, synaptojanin 2, which has a broader tissue distribution. Synaptojanin 2 cDNA from rat brain library encodes a protein of 1,248 amino acids with a predicted Mr of 138,268. The two synaptojanin isoforms share 57.2 and 53.8% amino acid identity in their SacI and phosphatase domains, respectively. In marked contrast, their carboxyl-terminal proline-rich regions bear little homology. Expression of synaptojanin 2 in COS7 cells produced a 140-kDa protein with inositol 5'-phosphatase actvity. Protein binding assays demonstrated that among the major src homology 3-proteins known to bind to the proline-rich region of synaptojanin 1, Grb2, amphiphysin, and members of SH3p4/8/13 protein family, only Grb2 bound to that of synaptojanin 2. Furthermore, subcellular fractionation studies in transfected Chinese hamster ovary cells revealed that synaptojanin 2 was predominantly associated with the particulate fraction while synaptojanin 1 was mainly localized in the soluble fraction. This observation suggests that the proline-rich regions of synaptojanins 1 and 2 are implicated in different protein-protein interactions and direct the two isoforms to different subcellular compartments. Our results demonstrate the presence of a family of synaptojanin-type inositol 5'-phosphatases with different tissue and subcellular distributions, which may be involved in distinct membrane trafficking and signal transduction pathways in mammalian cells.

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Biological Process
TermQualifierEvidenceWithReferenceNotesSourceOriginal Reference(s)
inositol phosphate catabolic process  IDA 69390 RGD 

Molecular Function

Objects Annotated

Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Synj2  (synaptojanin 2)


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