Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.

Abstract

The SNARE complex, involved in vesicular trafficking and exocytosis, is composed of proteins in the vesicular membrane (V-SNAREs) that intertwine with proteins of the target membrane (T-SNAREs). Our results show that modified bovine neurosecretory granules (NSG) were able to spontaneously fuse with a planar lipid membrane, containing the t-SNARE syntaxin 1A. This provides evidence that syntaxin alone is able to form a functional fusion complex. This project is another step towards producing an artificial synapse to study possible regulatory components affecting vesicle fusion.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Major

Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Program

Biology and Biotechnology

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