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Regulation of Ca2+ channels by SNAP-25 via recruitment of syntaxin-1 from plasma membrane clusters.

Molecular Biology of the Cell, American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), ISSN 1939-4586

Volume 27, 21, 2016

DOI:10.1091/mbc.e16-03-0184, Dimensions: pub.1059352099, PMC: PMC5170865, PMID: 27605709,



  1. (1) University of Copenhagen, grid.5254.6, KU






SNAP-25 regulates Ca2+ channels, with potentially important consequences for diseases involving an aberrant SNAP-25 expression level. How this regulation is executed mechanistically remains unknown. We investigated this question in mouse adrenal chromaffin cells and found that SNAP-25 inhibits Ca2+ currents, with the B-isoform being more potent than the A-isoform, but not when syntaxin-1 is cleaved by botulinum neurotoxin C. In contrast, syntaxin-1 inhibits Ca2+ currents independently of SNAP-25. Further experiments using immunostaining showed that endogenous or exogenous SNAP-25 expression recruits syntaxin-1 from clusters on the plasma membrane, thereby increasing the immunoavailability of syntaxin-1 and leading indirectly to Ca2+ current inhibition. Expression of Munc18-1, which recruits syntaxin-1 within the exocytotic pathway, does not modulate Ca2+ channels, whereas overexpression of the syntaxin-binding protein Doc2B or ubMunc13-2 increases syntaxin-1 immunoavailability and concomitantly down-regulates Ca2+ currents. Similar findings were obtained upon chemical cholesterol depletion, leading directly to syntaxin-1 cluster dispersal and Ca2+ current inhibition. We conclude that clustering of syntaxin-1 allows the cell to maintain a high syntaxin-1 expression level without compromising Ca2+ influx, and recruitment of syntaxin-1 from clusters by SNAP-25 expression makes it available for regulating Ca2+ channels. This mechanism potentially allows the cell to regulate Ca2+ influx by expanding or contracting syntaxin-1 clusters.


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