Vimlesh Kumar

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Syndapins belong to the F-BAR domain protein family whose predicted functions in membrane tubulation remain poorly studied in vivo. At Drosophila neuromuscular junctions, syndapin is associated predominantly with a tubulolamellar postsynaptic membrane system known as the subsynaptic reticulum (SSR). We show that syndapin overexpression greatly expands this(More)
Syndapin is a conserved dynamin-binding protein, with predicted function in synaptic-vesicle endocytosis. Here, we combine genetic mutational analysis with in vivo cell biological assays to ask whether Drosophila syndapin (Synd) is an essential component of synaptic-vesicle recycling. The only isoform of Drosophila syndapin (synd) is broadly expressed and(More)
In all nervous systems, short-term enhancement of transmitter release is achieved by increasing the weights of unitary synapses; in contrast, long-term enhancement, which requires nuclear gene expression, is generally thought to be mediated by the addition of new synaptic vesicle release sites. In Drosophila motor neurons, induction of AP-1, a heterodimer(More)
Studies in cell-free systems and the lamprey giant synapse have implicated crucial roles for amphiphysin and endophilin in synaptic transmission. However, null mutants at the amphiphysin locus of Drosophila are viable and have no demonstrable synaptic vesicle-recycling defect. This has necessitated a re-examination of the role of Src homology 3(More)
Mutations in the EFHC1 gene have been linked to juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. To understand EFHC1 function in vivo, we generated knockout Drosophila for the fly homolog Defhc1.1. We found that the neuromuscular junction synapse of Defhc1.1 mutants displays an increased number of satellite boutons resulting in increased spontaneous neurotransmitter release.(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the human Senataxin (hSETX) gene have been shown to cause two forms of neurodegenerative disorders - a dominant form called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis type 4 (ALS4) and a recessive form called ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 2 (AOA2). SETX is a putative DNA/RNA helicase involved in RNA metabolism. Although several dominant(More)
Dr. K. S. Krishnan was on the faculty of the Division of Biological Sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, India, and later emeritus professor at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, India. His research using fruit flies has contributed richly to our understanding of synaptic function and(More)
AIM Demand from implant patients for quality and efficient treatment is increasing. Fortunately dental implant treatment is evolving with patients expectations. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study comprised of 45 patients for whom 89 implants were placed at different sites. Efficacy of the stents is evaluated in determining the position and diameter of the(More)
Building on recent findings that synaptotagmin (Syt) participates in synaptic vesicle endocytosis, Poskanzer et al., in this issue of Neuron, show distinct mechanisms by which Syt functions in this process. Most significantly, they show (1) that calcium binding to Syt determines the rate but not fidelity of vesicle recycling and (2) that mutations in a(More)
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