A SNARE involved in protein transport through the Golgi apparatus

Nature. 1997 Oct 23;389(6653):881-4. doi: 10.1038/39923.


In eukaryotic cells, the Golgi apparatus receives newly synthesized proteins from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and delivers them after covalent modification to their destination in the cell. These proteins move from the inside (cis) face to the plasma-membrane side (trans) of the Golgi, through a stack of cisternae, towards the trans-Golgi network (TGN), but very little is known about how proteins are moved through the Golgi compartments. In a model known as the maturation model, no special transport process was considered necessary, with protein movement along the Golgi being achieved by maturation of the cisternae. Alternatively, proteins could be transported by vesicles or membrane tubules. Although little is known about membrane-tubule-mediated transport, the molecular mechanism for vesicle-mediated transport is quite well understood, occurring through docking of SNAREs on the vesicle with those on the target membrane. We have now identified a protein of relative molecular mass 27K which is associated with the Golgi apparatus. The cytoplasmic domain of this protein or antibodies raised against it quantitatively inhibit transport in vitro from the ER to the trans-Golgi/TGN, acting at a stage between the cis/medial- and the trans-Golgi/TGN. This protein, which behaves like a SNARE and has been named GS27 (for Golgi SNARE of 27K), is identical to membrin, a protein implicated earlier in ER-to-Golgi transport. Our results suggest that protein movement from medial- to the trans-Golgi/TGN depends on SNARE-mediated vesicular transport.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Transport
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / genetics
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / metabolism
  • Cell Line
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / metabolism
  • Golgi Apparatus / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Qb-SNARE Proteins
  • Rats
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / genetics
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • SNARE Proteins
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins*


  • GOSR2 protein, human
  • Gosr2 protein, rat
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Proteins
  • Qb-SNARE Proteins
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • SNARE Proteins
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF007548
  • GENBANK/AF007549
  • GENBANK/AF007550