Synaptotagmin-1 and Doc2b Exhibit Distinct Membrane-Remodeling Mechanisms

Sorkin, R., Marchetti, M., Logtenberg, E., Piontek, M. C., Kerklingh, E., Brand, G., Voleti, R., Rizo, J., Roos, W. H., Groffen, A. J. & Wuite, G. J. L., 4-Feb-2020, In : Biophysical Journal. 118, 3, p. 643-656 14 p.

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  • Raya Sorkin
  • Margherita Marchetti
  • Emma Logtenberg
  • Melissa C Piontek
  • Emma Kerklingh
  • Guy Brand
  • Rashmi Voleti
  • Josep Rizo
  • Wouter H Roos
  • Alexander J Groffen
  • Gijs J L Wuite

Synaptotagmin-1 (Syt1) is a calcium sensor protein that is critical for neurotransmission and is therefore extensively studied. Here, we use pairs of optically trapped beads coated with SNARE-free synthetic membranes to investigate Syt1-induced membrane remodeling. This activity is compared with that of Doc2b, which contains a conserved C2AB domain and induces membrane tethering and hemifusion in this cell-free model. We find that the soluble C2AB domain of Syt1 strongly affects the probability and strength of membrane-membrane interactions in a strictly Ca2+- and protein-dependent manner. Single-membrane loading of Syt1 yielded the highest probability and force of membrane interactions, whereas in contrast, Doc2b was more effective after loading both membranes. A lipid-mixing assay with confocal imaging reveals that both Syt1 and Doc2b are able to induce hemifusion; however, significantly higher Syt1 concentrations are required. Consistently, both C2AB fragments cause a reduction in the membrane-bending modulus, as measured by a method based on atomic force microscopy. This lowering of the energy required for membrane deformation may contribute to Ca2+-induced fusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-656
Number of pages14
JournalBiophysical Journal
Issue number3
Early online date25-Dec-2019
Publication statusPublished - 4-Feb-2020

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