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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1993 Sep 19;1151(2):246-56.

Ral and Rab3a are major GTP-binding proteins of axonal rapid transport and synaptic vesicles and do not redistribute following depolarization stimulated synaptosomal exocytosis.

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Department of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine, MA 02118.


We have employed high-resolution SDS polyacrylamide gels to demonstrate that there are two major low-molecular-weight GTP-binding proteins associated with axonal membranes including synaptic vesicles, rapid transported membranes and clathrin-coated vesicles. We demonstrate that one of the major proteins is Ral and that the other is Rab3A. Following the depolarization of synaptosomes resulting in increased neurotransmitter release, we see no significant dissociation of either Ral or Rab3a from synaptic vesicle derived membranes in contrast to results reported previously.

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