Nonet, Michael L.; Staunton, Jane E.; Kilgard, Michael P.; Fergestad, Tim; Hartwieg, Erika; Horvitz, H. Robert; Meyer, Barbara J.
Caenorhabditis elegans rab-3 mutant synapses exhibit impaired function and are partially depleted of vesicles
Rab molecules regulate vesicular trafficking in many different exocytic and endocytic transport pathways in eukaryotic cells. In neurons, rab3 has been proposed to play a crucial role in regulating synaptic vesicle release. To elucidate the role of rab3 in synaptic transmission, we isolated and characterized Caenorhabditis elegans rab-3 mutants. Similar to the mouse rab3A mutants, these mutants survived and exhibited only mild behavioral abnormalities. In contrast to the mouse mutants, synaptic transmission was perturbed in these animals.
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Nonet, M. L., Staunton, J. E., Kilgard, M., Fergestad, T., Hartwieg, E., Horvitz, H. R., Jorgensen, E., & Meyer, B. J. (1997). Caenorhabditis elegans rab-3 mutant synapses exhibit impaired function and are partially depleted of vesicles. Journal of Neuroscience, 17(21), 8061-73.