Olga Vites

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Snapin, a 15-kDa protein, has been identified recently as a binding partner of SNAP-25. Moreover, snapin is regulated by phosphorylation and enhances synaptotagmin binding to SNAREs. Furthermore, snapin and C-terminal snapin fragments have been effective in changing the release properties of neurons and chromaffin cells. Here we have reinvestigated the role(More)
Neuronal exocytosis is driven by the formation of SNARE complexes between synaptobrevin 2 on synaptic vesicles and SNAP-25/syntaxin 1 on the plasma membrane. It has remained controversial, however, whether SNAREs are constitutively active or whether they are down-regulated until fusion is triggered. We now show that synaptobrevin in proteoliposomes as well(More)
Soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) play a key role in membrane fusion in the secretory pathway. In vitro, SNAREs spontaneously assemble into helical SNARE complexes with the transmembrane domains at the C-terminal end. During fusion, SNAREs are thought to bridge the two membranes and assemble in a zipper-like(More)
Neuronal exocytosis is driven by the formation of SNARE complexes between synaptobrevin 2 on synaptic vesicles and SNAP-25/syntaxin 1 on the plasma membrane. It has remained controversial, however, whether SNAREs are constitu-tively active or whether they are down-regulated until fusion is triggered. We now show that synaptobrevin in proteo-liposomes as(More)
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