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Neuroscience. 1992 Aug;49(4):849-55.

The low molecular weight guanosine triphosphate-binding protein Rab6p associates with distinct post-Golgi vesicles in Torpedo marmorata electrocytes.

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Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS, Université Paris 7, France.


The Rab genes have recently been cloned and sequenced in mammals, and their products represent good candidates for low molecular weight guanosine triphosphate-binding proteins involved in the regulation of intracellular transport of vesicles in higher eukaryotes. Remarkably, each of the Rab proteins appears to be associated with a distinct step of either the exocytic or endocytic pathway. In particular, Rab6p has been localized to the outermost Golgi cisternae in normal rat kidney cells, where its function remains unclear. In this work, we have carried out a series of immunocytochemical analyses of the subcellular distribution of Rab6p in a polarized cell, the electrocyte of Torpedo marmorata, to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in the sorting and targeting of synaptic proteins. We report that, aside from its Golgi localization, the bulk of Rab6p associates with clusters of post-Golgi vesicles, primarily those located at the cytoplasmic face of the innervated membrane of the electrocyte. Consequently, Rab6p presents a polarized distribution in this cell. Furthermore, we show that this distribution is dependent upon the integrity of the microtubule network of the electrocyte. These data are coherent with the notion that Rab6p is involved in the regulation of membrane traffic from the trans-Golgi network to the innervated plasma membrane, delivering, by way of a microtubule-based organelle transport mechanism, synaptic proteins to their appropriate locations.

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