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The Rab3 proteins are monomeric GTP-binding proteins associated with secretory vesicles. In their active GTP-bound state, Rab3 proteins are involved in the regulation of hormone secretion and neurotransmitter release. This action is thought to involve specific effectors, including two Ca2+-binding proteins, Rabphilin and Rim. Rab3 acts late in the(More)
Expression of Ca2+-inhibitable types V and VI adenylyl cyclases was studied by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction in rat renal glomeruli and nephron segments isolated by microdissection. Quantitation of each mRNA was achieved using a mutant cRNA which differed from the wild type by substituting two bases to create a new restriction site in the(More)
Small G proteins of the Rab family are regulators of intracellular vesicle traffic. Their intrinsic rate of GTP hydrolysis is very low but is enhanced by specific GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs) that switch G proteins to their inactive form. We have characterized the activity of recombinant Rab3-GAP on Rab3A in solution. The K(m) and K(d) values (75(More)
Rab3 is a monomeric GTP-binding protein associated with secretory vesicles which has been implicated in the control of regulated exocytosis. We have exploited Rab3 mutant proteins to investigate the function of Rab3 in the process of neurotransmitter release from Aplysia neurons. A GTPase-deficient Rab3 mutant protein was found to inhibit acetylcholine(More)
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