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Snapin Interacts with the Exo70 Subunit of the Exocyst and Modulates GLUT4 Trafficking


The exocyst is a multisubunit complex that has been implicated in the transport of vesicles from the Golgi complex to the plasma membrane, possibly acting as a vesicle tether and contributing to the specificity of membrane fusion. Here we characterize a novel interaction between the Exo70 subunit of the exocyst and Snapin, a ubiquitous protein known to associate with at least two t-SNAREs, SNAP23 and SNAP25. The interaction between Exo70 and Snapin is mediated via an N-terminal coil-coil domain in Exo70 and a C-terminal helical region in Snapin. Exo70 competes with SNAP23 for Snapin binding, suggesting that Snapin does not provide a direct link between the exocyst and the SNARE complex but, rather, mediates cross-talk between the two complexes by sequential interactions. The insulin-regulated trafficking of GLUT4 to the plasma membrane serves to facilitate glucose uptake in adipocytes, and both SNAP23 and the exocyst have been implicated in this process. In this study, depletion of Snapin in adipocytes using RNA interference inhibits insulin-stimulated glucose uptake. Thus, Snapin interacts with the exocyst and plays a modulatory role in GLUT4 vesicle trafficking.

Type Journal
ISBN 0021-9258 (Print)
Authors Bao, Y.;Lopez, J. A.;James, D. E.;Hunziker, W. :
Published Date 2008-01-01
Published Volume 283
Published Issue 1
Published Pages 324-31
Status Published in-print
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