Irit Gottfried

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Substantial efforts have recently been made to demonstrate the importance of lipids and lipid-modifying enzymes in various membrane trafficking processes, including calcium-regulated exocytosis of hormones and neurotransmitters. Among bioactive lipids, phosphatidic acid (PA) is an attractive candidate to promote membrane fusion through its ability to change(More)
Munc13-1 is a presynaptic protein activated by calcium, calmodulin, and diacylglycerols (DAG) that is known to enhance vesicle priming. Doc2B is another presynaptic protein that translocates to the plasma membrane (PM) upon elevation of internal calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) to the submicromolar range, and increases both spontaneous and asynchronous(More)
Erythrokeratodermia variabilis (EKV) is a skin disorder characterized by variable (transient) erythemas and fixed keratosis. The disorder maps to chromosome 1p34-35, a location that contains the GJB3 gene encoding the gap junction protein connexin 31. Until now, only heterozygote mutations in the form of dominant inheritance have been described in this gene(More)
A mutation in the POU4F3 gene (BRN-3.1, BRN3C) is responsible for DFNA15 (MIM 602459), autosomal-dominant nonsyndromic hearing loss. POU4F3 is a member of the POU family of transcription factors and is essential for inner-ear hair cell maintenance. To test the potential effects of the human POU4F3 mutation, we performed a series of experiments in cell(More)
HIP1 (huntingtin interacting protein 1) has two close relatives: HIP1R (HIP1-related) and yeast Sla2p. All three members of the family have a conserved domain structure, suggesting a common function. Over the past decade, a number of studies have characterized these proteins using a combination of biochemical, imaging, structural and genetic techniques.(More)
Huntingtin interacting protein 1 (HIP1) is an accessory protein of the clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME) pathway, yet its precise role and the step at which it becomes involved are unclear. We employed live-cell imaging techniques to focus on the early steps of CME and characterize HIP1 dynamics. We show that HIP1 is highly colocalized with clathrin at(More)
The protein tomosyn decreases synaptic transmission and release probability of vesicles, and is essential for modulating synaptic transmission in neurons. In this study, we provide a detailed description of the expression and localization patterns of tomosyn1 and tomosyn2 in the subareas of the mouse hippocampus. Using confocal and two-photon(More)
Ras proteins regulate cell growth, differentiation, and apoptosis from various cellular platforms. We have recently identified a novel potential signaling platform, the rasosome, which moves rapidly near the plasma membrane (PM) and in the cytosol, carrying multiple copies of palmitoylated Ras proteins. In the present study we demonstrate that rasosomes are(More)
s of the 15th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience Eilat, Israel, December 3–5, 2006 Received 10 October 2006; Accepted 10 October 2006 The Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN) was founded in 1993 by a group of Israeli leading scientists conducting research in the area of neurobiology. The primary goal of the society was to promote and(More)