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Brain cell communication: Why it's so fast
Date:9/21/2010

he SNARE complexes are present in the vesicles before they reach the target membrane", Professor Jakob Balsev Srensen from the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology at the University of Copenhagen. "Fast (synchronous) fusion is enabled when at least three of them work in tandem. If the vesicle only has one SNARE complex it can still fuse with the target membrane, but it takes much longer."

- "Our next step will be to investigate the factors that influence and regulate the number of SNARE complexes in the vesicles. Is this a way for the nerve cells to choose to communicate more or less rapidly, and is this regulation altered when the brain is diseased?", professor Srensen says.


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Contact: Jakob Balslev Sorensen
jakobbs@sund.ku.dk
453-089-0096
University of Copenhagen
Source:Eurekalert

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