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Synaptic neurotransmitter release is restricted to active zones, where the processes of synaptic vesicle tethering, priming to fusion competence, and Ca2+-triggered fusion are taking place in a highly coordinated manner. We show that the active zone components Munc13-1, an essential vesicle priming protein, and RIM1, a Rab3 effector with a putative role in(More)
Munc13-1, a mammalian homolog of C. elegans unc-13p, is thought to be involved in the regulation of synaptic transmission. We now demonstrate that Munc13-1 is a presynaptic high-affinity phorbol ester and diacylglycerol receptor with ligand affinities similar to those of protein kinase C. Munc13-1 associates with the plasma membrane in response to phorbol(More)
Munc13-1 is a presynaptic protein with an essential role in synaptic vesicle priming. It contains a diacylglycerol (DAG)/beta phorbol ester binding C(1) domain and is a potential target of the DAG second messenger pathway that may act in parallel with PKCs. Using genetically modified mice that express a DAG/beta phorbol ester binding-deficient(More)
In chromaffin cells the number of large dense-core vesicles (LDCVs) which can be released by brief, intense stimuli represents only a small fraction of the 'morphologically docked' vesicles at the plasma membrane. Recently, it was shown that Munc13-1 is essential for a post-docking step of synaptic vesicle fusion. To investigate the role of Munc13-1 in LDCV(More)
unc-13 mutants in Caenorhabditis elegans are characterized by a severe deficit in neurotransmitter release. Their phenotype is similar to that of the C. elegans unc-18 mutation, which is thought to affect synaptic vesicle docking to the active zone. This suggests a crucial role for the unc-13 gene product in the mediation or regulation of synaptic vesicle(More)
We have expanded the use of the Semliki Forest virus (SFV) by infecting chromaffin cells with synaptic proteins at high efficiency. Using the SFV gene expression system, up to 40% of cultured bovine chromaffin cells express the protein of interest within 12-48 h after infection. In order to learn about the basic physiological properties of infected cells,(More)
Munc13-1, a mammalian homologue of Caenorhabditis elegans unc-13p, is a presynaptic phorbol ester receptor that enhances neurotransmitter release. In the present study we analysed the regional, cellular and subcellular expression patterns in rat of two novel Munc13 proteins, Munc13-2 and Munc13-3. We demonstrate by hybridization in situ that Munc13-1 mRNA(More)
Synapses need to encode a wide dynamic range of action potential frequencies. Essential vesicle priming proteins of the Munc13 (mammalian Unc13) family play an important role in adapting vesicle supply to variable demand and thus influence short-term plasticity characteristics and synaptic function. Structure-function analyses of Munc13s have identified a(More)
Heike Wegmeyer,1 Joaquim Egea,2 Nadine Rabe,4 Henrik Gezelius,4 Alessandro Filosa,2,3 Anders Enjin,4 Frederique Varoqueaux,1 Katrin Deininger,2 Frank Schnütgen,5 Nils Brose,1 Rüdiger Klein,2 Klas Kullander,4 and Andrea Betz1,* 1Department of Molecular Neurobiology and DFG Center for Molecular Physiology of the Brain, Max Planck Institute of Experimental(More)
Diacylglycerol is an essential second messenger in mammalian cells. The most prominent intracellular targets of diacylglycerol and the functionally analogous phorbol esters belong to the protein kinase C family, but at least five alternative types of high affinity diacylglycerol/phorbol ester receptors are known: protein kinase D, diacylglycerol kinases(More)