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Cell. 1987 Dec 24;51(6):1053-62.

Involvement of GTP-binding "G" proteins in transport through the Golgi stack.

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Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University, California 94305.


GTP gamma S irreversibly inhibits protein transport between successive compartments of the Golgi stack in a cell-free system. Fluoride, potentiated by the addition of aluminum ion, also causes a strong inhibition. These are hallmarks of the involvement of a guanine nucleotide-binding or regulatory "G" protein. Inhibition by GTP gamma S requires a cytosolic inhibitory factor that binds to Golgi membranes during inhibition. Preincubation experiments reveal that GTP gamma S blocks the function of acceptor Golgi but not donor Golgi membranes. More specifically, a processing step in between vesicle attachment and the actual fusion event seems to be affected. Electron microscopy demonstrates a corresponding 5-fold accumulation of non-clathrin-coated buds and vesicles associated with the Golgi cisternae during inhibition by GTP gamma S.

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