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NSF--fusion and beyond.

Authors
  • Haas, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Trends in Cell Biology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1998
Volume
8
Issue
12
Pages
471–473
Identifiers
PMID: 9861668
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

NSF (N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion protein) was the first protein to be isolated as a crucial factor in intracellular membrane-fusion events, such as the fusion of synaptic vesicles with the presynaptic membrane during neurotransmission. Although the activation of membrane SNARE proteins for subsequent fusion is clearly a primary role of NSF, recent studies have provided surprising evidence that NSF also interacts with glutamate receptors at the postsynaptic membrane in a way that does not seem to involve SNAREs. These results suggest that NSF might act as a molecular chaperone not only on SNAREs but also of other proteins.

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