A central event in synapse development is formation of the presynaptic active zone in response to positional cues. Three active zone proteins, RIM, ELKS (also known as ERC or CAST) and Liprin-alpha, bind each other and are implicated in linking active zone formation to synaptic vesicle release. Loss of function in Caenorhabditis elegans syd-2 Liprin-alpha… (More)
GABA transporters control extracellular GABA levels by coupling transmitter uptake to the sodium and chloride cotransport. The rat brain GABA transporter GAT1 and other members of this family are regulated by direct interactions with syntaxin 1A, a protein involved in vesicle docking and in the regulation of several ion channels and transporters. We have… (More)
Plasma membrane GABA transporters participate in neural signaling through re-uptake of neurotransmitter. The domains of the transporter that mediate GABA translocation and regulate transport are not well understood. In the present experiments, the N-terminal cytoplasmic domain of the GABA transporter GAT1 regulated substrate transport rates. This domain… (More)
Active zone proteins play a fundamental role in regulating neurotransmitter release and defining release sites. The functional roles of active zone components are beginning to be elucidated; however, the mechanisms of active zone protein localization are unknown. Studies have shown that glutamine, leucine, lysine, and serine-rich protein (ELKS), a recently… (More)
Plasma membrane neurotransmitter transporters are regulators of extracellular transmitter levels in brain and are the primary sites of action for several drugs of abuse and therapy. Studies are beginning to reveal how neurons use synaptic machinery to modulate these regulators.
Plasma membrane neurotransmitter transporters affect synaptic signaling through transmitter sequestration. Transporters redistribute to and from the plasma membrane, suggesting a role for trafficking in regulating synaptic transmitter levels. One method for controlling transmitter levels would be to regulate transporter redistribution in parallel with… (More)
A central event in synapse development is formation of the presynaptic active zone in response to positional cues. Three active zone proteins, RIM, ELKS (also known as ERC or CAST) and Liprin-a, bind each other and are implicated in linking active zone formation to synaptic vesicle release. Loss of function in Caenorhabditis elegans syd-2 Liprin-a alters… (More)