Fusion of isolated synaptic vesicles as a model of the terminal stage of regulated exocytosis

In the study of membrane fusion, which is the terminal stage of exocytosis, we used a simplified model consisting of homotypic membranes of isolated synaptic vesicles (SV) obtained from the synaptosomal fraction of rat brain tissue. It was shown that fusion of SV develops in the presence of cytoplasmic proteins and 10−7 to 10−5 M Ca2+ ions. This conclusion… (More)