Rab3A/Smg 25A, a small GTP-binding protein, is highly concentrated in presynapse of neurons and implicated in neurotransmitter release. We have recently identified a putative target protein for Rab3A, isolated its cDNA, and designated it as Rabphilin-3A. To examine whether Rabphilin-3A as well as Rab3A is localized at the sites of Ca2+-dependent exocytosis, we investigated here localization of Rabphilin-3A and Rab3A in comparison with the sites of exocytosis ira the differentiated PC12 cells. Rabphilin-3A as well as Rab3A was highly concentrated at the tips of the neurites where Ca2+-dependent exocytosis took place. Inversely, neither Rabphilin-3A nor Rab3A was concentrated at the tips of the neurites where Ca2+-dependent exocytosis did not take place. These results suggest that Rabphilin-3A as well as Rab3A constitutes a part of the machinery necessary for neurotransmitter release.
|Number of pages
|Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
|Published - 15-01-1994
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology