Synapsin IIa bundles actin filaments

J Neurochem. 1994 Oct;63(4):1568-71. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-4159.1994.63041568.x.


Synapsins are neuron-specific phosphoproteins associated with small synaptic vesicles in the presynaptic nerve terminal. Synapsin I, which has been demonstrated to bundle F-actin in vitro, has been postulated to regulate neurotransmitter release by cross-linking synaptic vesicles to the actin cytoskeleton. To investigate the possible interaction of synapsin II with actin filaments, we expressed synapsin II in Spodoptera frugiperda and High Five insect cells using a recombinant baculovirus. Purified recombinant synapsin IIa was incubated with F-actin, and bundle formation was evaluated by light scattering and electron microscopy. Synapsin IIa was found to bundle actin filaments. Dose-response curves indicated that synapsin IIa was more potent than synapsin I in bundling actin filaments. These data suggest that synapsin IIa may cross-link synaptic vesicles and actin filaments in the nerve terminal.

MeSH terms

  • Actins / metabolism
  • Actins / ultrastructure*
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Insecta
  • Light
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Recombinant Proteins / isolation & purification
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Recombinant Proteins / ultrastructure
  • Scattering, Radiation
  • Spodoptera
  • Synapsins / isolation & purification
  • Synapsins / metabolism
  • Synapsins / ultrastructure*
  • Transfection


  • Actins
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Synapsins