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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1997 Jun;7(3):310-5.

Neurotransmitter release - four years of SNARE complexes.

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Department of Pharmacology, 295 Congress Avenue, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06510, USA.


Exocytosis in neurons requires proteins known as SNAREs, membrane proteins that have now been implicated in many intracellular fusion events. SNAREs assemble into stable ternary complexes that are dissociated by the ATPase NSF (N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor), working together with SNAPs (soluble NSF attachment proteins). Recent results have shed new light on the mechanisms underlying SNARE (SNAP receptor) complex assembly and disassembly, and suggest changes in models that relate these reactions to vesicle docking and fusion.

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