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Valentin Kusch, Grit Bornschein, Desiree Loreth, Julia Bank, Johannes Jordan, David Baur, Masahiko Watanabe, Akos Kulik, Manfred Heckmann, Jens Eilers, Hartmut Schmidt
Spatial relationships between Cav channels and release sensors at active zones (AZs) are a major determinant of synaptic fidelity. They are regulated developmentally, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are largely unclear. Here, we show that Munc13-3 regulates the density of Cav 2.1 and Cav 2.2 channels, alters the localization of Cav 2.1, and is required for the development of tight, nanodomain coupling at parallel-fiber AZs. We combined EGTA application and Ca2+ -channel pharmacology in electrophysiological and two-photon Ca2+ imaging experiments with quantitative freeze-fracture immunoelectron microscopy and mathematical modeling...
February 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Man Yan Wong, Changliang Liu, Shan Shan H Wang, Aram C F Roquas, Stephen C Fowler, Pascal S Kaeser
The presynaptic active zone provides sites for vesicle docking and release at central nervous synapses and is essential for speed and accuracy of synaptic transmission. Liprin-α binds to several active zone proteins, and loss-of-function studies in invertebrates established important roles for Liprin-α in neurodevelopment and active zone assembly. However, Liprin-α localization and functions in vertebrates have remained unclear. We used stimulated emission depletion superresolution microscopy to systematically determine the localization of Liprin-α2 and Liprin-α3, the two predominant Liprin-α proteins in the vertebrate brain, relative to other active-zone proteins...
February 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Andrew G Engel, Xin-Ming Shen, Duygu Selcen
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) are heterogeneous disorders in which the safety margin of neuromuscular transmission is impaired by one or more specific mechanisms. Since the advent of next-generation sequencing methods, the discovery of novel CMS targets and phenotypes has proceeded at an accelerated rate. Here, we review the current classification of CMS and describe our findings in five of these targets identified and investigated in our laboratory in the past 5 years. Defects in LRP4 hinder synaptic development and maintenance; the defects in PREPL are predicted to diminish filling of the synaptic vesicle with acetylcholine; and defects in SNAP25, Munc13-1, and synaptotbrevin-1 impede synaptic vesicle exocytosis...
January 21, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Tayebeh Soheili, Amandine Durand, Fernando E Sepulveda, Julie Rivière, Chantal Lagresle-Peyrou, Hanem Sadek, Geneviève de Saint Basile, Samia Martin, Fulvio Mavilio, Marina Cavazzana, Isabelle André-Schmutz
Patients with mutations in the UNC13D gene (coding for Munc13-4 protein) suffer from familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis type 3 (FHL3), a life-threatening immune and hyperinflammatory disorder. The only curative treatment is allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation, although the posttreatment survival rate is not satisfactory. Here, we demonstrate the curative potential of UNC13D gene correction of HSCs in a murine model of FHL3. We generated a self-inactivating lentiviral vector, used it to complement HSCs from Unc13d-deficient (Jinx) mice, and transplanted the cells back into the irradiated Jinx recipients...
December 26, 2017: Blood Advances
Ricardo Martín, José Javier Ferrero, Andrea Collado-Alsina, Carolina Aguado, Rafael Luján, Magdalena Torres, José Sánchez-Prieto
Neurotransmitter release is driven by Ca2+ influx at synaptic boutons that acts on synaptic vesicles ready to undergo exocytosis. Neurotransmitter release is inhibited when mGlu7 receptors provoke a reduction in Ca2+ influx, although the reduced release from synapses lacking this receptor suggests that they may also prime synaptic vesicles for release. These mGlu7 receptors activate phospholipase C (PLC) and generate inositol trisphosphate (IP3 ), which in turn releases Ca2+ from intracellular stores and produces diacylglycerol (DAG), an activator of proteins containing DAG-binding domains like Munc13 and protein kinase C (PKC)...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
Shun Hamada, Toshihisa Ohtsuka
Our brain functions rely on sophisticated communication between synapses in the nervous system. Most synapses utilize a specialized submembranous structure, the so-called 'active zone', for the efficient transmission of chemical signals. The presynaptic active zone plays pivotal roles in the precise regulation of neurotransmitter release from the nerve terminals in a temporally and spatially coordinated manner. During the last two decades, several active zone-specific proteins have been isolated and characterized, including Bassoon, Piccolo/Aczonin, RIM, Munc13-1, ELKS, and CAST...
December 21, 2017: Neuroscience Research
Sébastien Houy, Alexander J Groffen, Iwona Ziomkiewicz, Matthijs Verhage, Paulo S Pinheiro, Jakob Balslev Sørensen
Doc2B is a cytosolic protein with binding sites for Munc13 and Tctex-1 (dynein light chain), and two C2-domains that bind to phospholipids, Ca2+ and SNAREs. Whether Doc2B functions as a calcium sensor akin to synaptotagmins, or in other calcium-independent or calcium-dependent capacities is debated. We here show by mutation and overexpression that Doc2B plays distinct roles in two sequential priming steps in mouse adrenal chromaffin cells. Mutating Ca2+-coordinating aspartates in the C2A-domain localizes Doc2B permanently at the plasma membrane, and renders an upstream priming step Ca2+-independent, whereas a separate function in downstream priming depends on SNARE-binding, Ca2+-binding to the C2B-domain of Doc2B, interaction with ubMunc13-2 and the presence of synaptotagmin-1...
December 23, 2017: ELife
Joydip Das, Noemi Kedei, Jessica S Kelsey, Youngki You, Satyabrata Pany, Gary A Mitchell, Nancy E Lewin, Peter M Blumberg
Munc13-1 is a presynaptic active-zone protein essential for neurotransmitter release and presynaptic plasticity in the brain. This multi-domain scaffold protein contains a C1 domain that binds to the activator diacylglycerol/phorbol ester. Although the C1 domain bears close structural homology with the C1 domains of protein kinase C (PKC), the tryptophan residue at position 22 (588 in the full-length Munc13-1) occludes the activator binding pocket, which is not the case for PKC. To elucidate the role of this tryptophan, we generated W22A, W22K, W22D, W22Y and W22F substitutions in the full-length Munc13-1, expressed the GFP- tagged constructs in Neuro-2a cells, and measured their membrane translocation in response to phorbol ester treatment by imaging of the live cells using confocal microscopy...
December 15, 2017: Biochemistry
Hirokazu Sakamoto, Tetsuroh Ariyoshi, Naoya Kimpara, Kohtaroh Sugao, Isamu Taiko, Kenji Takikawa, Daisuke Asanuma, Shigeyuki Namiki, Kenzo Hirose
The weight of synaptic connections, which is controlled not only postsynaptically but also presynaptically, is a key determinant in neuronal network dynamics. The mechanisms controlling synaptic weight, especially on the presynaptic side, remain elusive. Using single-synapse imaging of the neurotransmitter glutamate combined with super-resolution imaging of presynaptic proteins, we identify a presynaptic mechanism for setting weight in central glutamatergic synapses. In the presynaptic terminal, Munc13-1 molecules form multiple and discrete supramolecular self-assemblies that serve as independent vesicular release sites by recruiting syntaxin-1, a soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive-factor attachment receptor (SNARE) protein essential for synaptic vesicle exocytosis...
January 2018: Nature Neuroscience
Hironori Higashio, Yoh-Ichi Satoh, Tomoyuki Saino
Secretory granules (SGs) of mast cells are lysosome-related organelles that contain various inflammatory molecules such as histamine, which are stored in the cytoplasm. Mast cell degranulation is the regulated exocytosis of SGs in response to external stimuli, such as the antigen-mediated cross-linking of the high-affinity IgE receptor, FcεRI. Upon stimulation, SGs undergo priming to become fusion-competent prior to fusing with the plasma membrane, which is mediated by Munc13-4, one of the five members of the vesicle-priming Munc13 protein family...
2017: Biomedical Research
Ermes Candiello, Ratnakar Mishra, Bernhard Schmidt, Olaf Jahn, Peter Schu
AP-1/σ1B-deficiency causes X-linked intellectual disability. AP-1/σ1B -/- mice have impaired synaptic vesicle recycling, fewer synaptic vesicles and enhanced endosome maturation mediated by AP-1/σ1A. Despite defects in synaptic vesicle recycling synapses contain two times more endocytic AP-2 clathrin-coated vesicles. We demonstrate increased formation of two classes of AP-2/clathrin coated vesicles. One which uncoats readily and a second with a stabilised clathrin coat. Coat stabilisation is mediated by three molecular mechanisms: reduced recruitment of Hsc70 and synaptojanin1 and enhanced μ2/AP-2 phosphorylation and activation...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Elsa M Rodarte, Marco A Ramos, Alfredo J Davalos, Daniel C Moreira, David S Moreno, Eduardo I Cardenas, Alejandro I Rodarte, Youlia Petrova, Sofia Molina, Luis E Rendon, Elizabeth Sanchez, Keegan Breaux, Alejandro Tortoriello, John Manllo, Erika A Gonzalez, Michael J Tuvim, Burton F Dickey, Alan R Burns, Ruth Heidelberger, Roberto Adachi
Mast cells (MCs) are involved in host defenses against pathogen and inflammation. Stimulated MCs release substances stored in their granules via regulated exocytosis. In other cell types, Munc13 (mammalian homolog of C. elegans uncoordinated gene 13) proteins play essential roles in regulated exocytosis. Here, we found that MCs express Munc13-2 and -4, and studied their roles using global and conditional knockout (KO) mice. In a model of systemic anaphylaxis, we found no difference between WT and Munc13-2 KO mice, but global and MC-specific Munc13-4 KO mice developed less hypothermia...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Alexander M Walter, Rainer Müller, Bassam Tawfik, Keimpe Db Wierda, Paulo S Pinheiro, André Nadler, Anthony W McCarthy, Iwona Ziomkiewicz, Martin Kruse, Gregor Reither, Jens Rettig, Martin Lehmann, Volker Haucke, Bertil Hille, Carsten Schultz, Jakob Balslev Sørensen
Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2 ] is essential for exocytosis. Classical ways of manipulating PI(4,5)P2 levels are slower than its metabolism, making it difficult to distinguish effects of PI(4,5)P2 from those of its metabolites. We developed a membrane-permeant, photoactivatable PI(4,5)P2 , which is loaded into cells in an inactive form and activated by light, allowing sub-second increases in PI(4,5)P2 levels. By combining this compound with electrophysiological measurements in mouse adrenal chromaffin cells, we show that PI(4,5)P2 uncaging potentiates exocytosis and identify synaptotagmin-1 (the Ca2+ sensor for exocytosis) and Munc13-2 (a vesicle priming protein) as the relevant effector proteins...
October 25, 2017: ELife
James E Rothman, Shyam S Krishnakumar, Kirill Grushin, Frederic Pincet
Neural networks are optimized to detect temporal coincidence on the millisecond timescale. Here, we offer a synthetic hypothesis based on recent structural insights into SNAREs and the C2 domain proteins to explain how synaptic transmission can keep this pace. We suggest that an outer ring of up to six curved Munc13 'MUN' domains transiently anchored to the plasma membrane via its flanking domains surrounds a stable inner ring comprised of synaptotagmin C2 domains to serve as a work-bench on which SNAREpins are templated...
November 2017: FEBS Letters
Pegah Poursharifi, Sri Ramachandra Murthy Madiraju, Marc Prentki
Lipid metabolism dysregulation underlies chronic pathologies such as obesity, diabetes and cancer. Besides their role in structure and energy storage, lipids are also important signalling molecules regulating multiple biological functions. Thus, understanding the precise lipid metabolism enzymatic steps that are altered in some pathological conditions is helpful for designing better treatment strategies. Several monoacylglycerol (MAG) species are only recently being recognized as signalling lipid molecules in different tissues...
September 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Muhammad Novrizal Abdi Sahid, Shuang Liu, Takeshi Kiyoi, Kazutaka Maeyama
Statins are well-known inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, which block the mevalonate pathway. The activity of statins not only decreases cholesterol levels but also ameliorates inflammation and modulates the immune system. In this study, we investigated the effects of simvastatin on histamine release using rat basophilic leukaemia (RBL-2H3) cells, and examined its interaction with proteins involved in the exocytosis process. Treatment with simvastatin for 24h inhibited histamine release in RBL-2H3 cells in a concentration-dependent manner after stimulation with dinitrophenylated bovine serum albumin (DNP-BSA, as an antigen), ionomycin (a calcium ion [Ca(2+)] ionophore), and thapsigargin (an inhibitor of Ca(2+)-ATPase in the endoplasmic reticulum)...
November 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
Yun Li, Shen Wang, Tianzhi Li, Le Zhu, Yuanyuan Xu, Cong Ma
The Ca(2+) sensor synaptotagmin-1 (Syt1) plays an essential function in synaptic exocytosis. Recently, Syt1 has been implicated in synaptic vesicle priming, a maturation step prior to Ca(2+)-triggered membrane fusion that is believed to involve formation of the ternary SNARE complex and require priming proteins Munc18-1 and Munc13-1. However, the mechanisms of Syt1 in synaptic vesicle priming are still unclear. In this study, we found that Syt1 stimulates the transition from the Munc18-1/syntaxin-1 complex to the ternary SNARE complex catalyzed by Munc13-1...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Xiaoxia Liu, Alpay Burak Seven, Junjie Xu, Victoria Esser, Lijing Su, Cong Ma, Josep Rizo
This protocol describes reconstitution assays to study how the neurotransmitter release machinery triggers Ca2+-dependent synaptic vesicle fusion. The assays monitor fusion between proteoliposomes containing the synaptic vesicle SNARE synaptobrevin (with or without the Ca2+ sensor synaptotagmin-1) and proteoliposomes initially containing the plasma membrane SNAREs syntaxin-1 and soluble NSF attachment protein (SNAP)-25. Lipid mixing (from fluorescence de-quenching of Marina-Blue-labeled lipids) and content mixing (from development of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between phycoerythrin-biotin (PhycoE-Biotin) and Cy5-streptavidin trapped in the two proteoliposome populations) are measured simultaneously to ensure that true, nonleaky membrane fusion is monitored...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
Fernando D Marengo, Ana M Cárdenas
The extent and type of hormones and active peptides secreted by the chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla have to be adjusted to physiological requirements. The chromaffin cell secretory activity is controlled by the splanchnic nerve firing frequency, which goes from approximately 0.5 Hz in basal conditions to more than 15 Hz in stress. Thus, these neuroendocrine cells maintain a tonic release of catecholamines under resting conditions, massively discharge intravesicular transmitters in response to stress, or adequately respond to moderate stimuli...
August 29, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Seungmee Park, Na-Ryum Bin, Bin Yu, Raymond Wong, Ewa Sitarska, Kyoko Sugita, Ke Ma, Junjie Xu, Chi-Wei Tien, Arash Algouneh, Ekaterina Turlova, Siyan Wang, Pranay Siriya, Waleed Shahid, Lorraine Kalia, Zhong-Ping Feng, Philippe P Monnier, Hong-Shuo Sun, Mei Zhen, Shangbang Gao, Josep Rizo, Shuzo Sugita
Munc18-1/UNC-18 is believed to prime SNARE-mediated membrane fusion, yet the underlying mechanisms remain enigmatic. Here, we examine how potential gain-of-function mutations of Munc18-1/UNC-18 affect locomotory behavior and synaptic transmission, and how Munc18-1-mediated priming is related to Munc13-1/UNC-13 and Tomosyn/TOM-1, positive and negative SNARE regulators, respectively. We show that a Munc18-1(P335A)/UNC-18(P334A) mutation leads to significantly increased locomotory activity and acetylcholine release in Caenorhabditis elegans, as well as enhanced synaptic neurotransmission in cultured mammalian neurons...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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