Neurotransmitter release - four years of SNARE complexes

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1997 Jun;7(3):310-5. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(97)80057-8.


Exocytosis in neurons requires proteins known as SNAREs, membrane proteins that have now been implicated in many intracellular fusion events. SNAREs assemble into stable ternary complexes that are dissociated by the ATPase NSF (N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor), working together with SNAPs (soluble NSF attachment proteins). Recent results have shed new light on the mechanisms underlying SNARE (SNAP receptor) complex assembly and disassembly, and suggest changes in models that relate these reactions to vesicle docking and fusion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism*
  • Exocytosis / physiology*
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Models, Biological
  • N-Ethylmaleimide-Sensitive Proteins
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / metabolism*
  • SNARE Proteins
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins*


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Neurotransmitter Agents
  • SNARE Proteins
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins
  • N-Ethylmaleimide-Sensitive Proteins