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Product listing: Phospho-Ras-GRF1 (Ser916) Antibody, UniProt ID P27671 #3321 to SynGAP Antibody, UniProt ID Q96PV0 #3200

$303
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Mouse

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Ras activity is regulated by GAP (GTPase activating proteins) and GEFs (guanine nucleotide exchange factors). Ras-GRF1 (also known as CDC25Mm) is neuronal RasGEF and is regulated by heterotrimeric G proteins and calcium influx (1,2). Binding to calmodulin and phosphorylation stimulate Ras-GRF1 activity (1,2). Multiple PKA phosphorylation sites on Ras-GRF have been identified. Phosphorylation on the two major sites, Ser54 and Ser822, inhibits Ras-GRF activity (3). Carbachol (a muscarinic agonist)-induced phosphorylation on Ser916 is essential but not sufficient for maximal Ras-GRF activity (4). It has been reported that Ras-GRF1 also shows GEF activity toward Rac after phosphorylation by the tyrosine kinase Src (5).

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Human, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: The semaphorin family of proteins is involved in axon guidance, cell migration, angiogenesis, and immune response. Plexins and neuropilins bind with high affinity to semaphorins to mediate their functions. Semaphorins are divided into seven classes of secreted or membrane-bound proteins. Members of Class 4 semaphorins include 4A through 4G; semaphorin 4B is a membrane-associated protein (1,2). Semaphorin 4B binds to the CLCP1 receptor and regulates cell motility (3). Furthermore, semaphorin 4B, like many other semaphorins, has a PDZ domain-binding motif at the carboxy terminus that interacts with PSD95 and localizes to the post-synaptic membrane (4).

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Human, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Synapsins, a group of at least five related members (synapsins Ia, Ib, IIa, IIb, and IIIa), are abundant brain proteins essential for regulating neurotransmitter release (1,2). All synapsins contain a short amino-terminal domain that is highly conserved and phosphorylated by PKA or CaM kinase I (1). Phosphorylation of the synapsin amino-terminal domain at Ser9 inhibits its binding to phospholipids and dissociates synapsins from synaptic vesicles (2).

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Human, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Tau is a heterogeneous microtubule-associated protein that promotes and stabilizes microtubule assembly, especially in axons. Six isoforms with different amino-terminal inserts and different numbers of tandem repeats near the carboxy terminus have been identified, and tau is hyperphosphorylated at approximately 25 sites by Erk, GSK-3, and CDK5 (1,2). Phosphorylation decreases the ability of tau to bind to microtubules. Neurofibrillary tangles are a major hallmark of Alzheimer's disease; these tangles are bundles of paired helical filaments composed of hyperphosphorylated tau. In particular, phosphorylation at Ser396 by GSK-3 or CDK5 destabilizes microtubules. Furthermore, research studies have shown that inclusions of tau are found in a number of other neurodegenerative diseases, collectively known as tauopathies (1,3).

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100 µl
$717
300 µl
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Rat

Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: The family of Trk receptor tyrosine kinases consists of TrkA, TrkB, and TrkC. While the sequence of these family members is highly conserved, they are activated by different neurotrophins: TrkA by NGF, TrkB by BDNF or NT4, and TrkC by NT3 (1). Neurotrophin signaling through these receptors regulates a number of physiological processes, such as cell survival, proliferation, neural development, and axon and dendrite growth and patterning (1). In the adult nervous system, the Trk receptors regulate synaptic strength and plasticity. TrkA regulates proliferation and is important for development and maturation of the nervous system (2). Phosphorylation at Tyr490 is required for Shc association and activation of the Ras-MAP kinase cascade (3,4). Residues Tyr674/675 lie within the catalytic domain, and phosphorylation at these sites reflects TrkA kinase activity (3-6). Point mutations, deletions, and chromosomal rearrangements (chimeras) cause ligand-independent receptor dimerization and activation of TrkA (7-10). TrkA is activated in many malignancies including breast, ovarian, prostate, and thyroid carcinomas (8-13). Research studies suggest that expression of TrkA in neuroblastomas may be a good prognostic marker as TrkA signals growth arrest and differentiation of cells originating from the neural crest (10).

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100 µl
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Rat

Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) catalyzes the rate-limiting step in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter dopamine and other catecholamines. TH functions as a tetramer, with each subunit composed of a regulatory and catalytic domain, and exists in several different isoforms (1,2). This enzyme is required for embryonic development since TH knockout mice die before or at birth (3). Levels of transcription, translation and posttranslational modification regulate TH activity. The amino-terminal regulatory domain contains three serine residues: Ser9, Ser31 and Ser40. Phosphorylation at Ser40 by PKA positively regulates the catalytic activity of TH (4-6). Phosphorylation at Ser31 by CDK5 also increases the catalytic activity of TH through stabilization of TH protein levels (7-9).

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Rat

Application Methods: Immunofluorescence (Immunocytochemistry), Western Blotting

Background: Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) catalyzes the rate-limiting step in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter dopamine and other catecholamines. TH functions as a tetramer, with each subunit composed of a regulatory and catalytic domain, and exists in several different isoforms (1,2). This enzyme is required for embryonic development since TH knockout mice die before or at birth (3). Levels of transcription, translation and posttranslational modification regulate TH activity. The amino-terminal regulatory domain contains three serine residues: Ser9, Ser31 and Ser40. Phosphorylation at Ser40 by PKA positively regulates the catalytic activity of TH (4-6). Phosphorylation at Ser31 by CDK5 also increases the catalytic activity of TH through stabilization of TH protein levels (7-9).

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Mouse

Application Methods: Immunofluorescence (Frozen), Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: The μ-opioid receptor (MOR) belongs to the superfamily of G-protein-coupled receptors. MOR mediates the analgesic and rewarding effects of morphine and other opiates as well as the actions of several endogenous opioid peptides (1). Upon binding to its ligands, this Gi-coupled receptor inactivates adenylyl cyclase (1) and activates a variety of G-beta-gamma-dependent pathways including the MAPK and the PI3K/Akt cascades (2,3). Trafficking of these receptors to and from the plasma membrane and their desensitization play a significant role in morphine tolerance (4,5). As with other GPCRs, these processes are modulated by phosphorylation at diverse sites within intracellular domains (6). Among other sites, agonist-specific phosphorylation of serine 375 in mouse (serine 377 in human) MOR is essential for its internalization (7).

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Human, Mouse

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Pitrilysin metalloproteinase 1 (PITRM1 or PreP) is a mitochondria-enriched presequence peptidase that processes the mitochondrial targeting sequence (MTS) of proteins imported across the inner mitochondrial membrane (1). Mitochondria normally function to regulate many cellular processes such as energy production and apoptosis, and its dysfunction may contribute indirectly or directly to human neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (2, 3; AD and PD, respectively). Interestingly, Aβ, the pathological hallmark of AD, accumulates in mitochondria and inhibits Cym1, the PITRM1 yeast ortholog, leading to impaired MTS processing and accumulation of unprocessed mitochondrial proteins, suggesting an indirect role of Aβ and mitochondrial dysfunction via PITRM1 (4). In addition to biochemical association of PITRM1 with Aβ-dependent mitochondrial dysfunction, human genetics suggest a more direct link as PITRM1 genetic variants have been associated with AD (5, 6). The specific mechanism is currently poorly understood, but may involve impairment of PITRM1-dependent degradation of Aβ, directly resulting in pathological accumulation of Aβ in mitochondria (6).

$260
100 µl
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Human, Rat

Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: Class 3 secreted semaphorin (Sema3A) is a chemorepellent that acts upon a wide variety of axons. As such, it induces a dramatic redistribution and depolymerization of actin filaments that results in growth cone collapse. Plexins are single membrane-spanning signaling proteins encompassing Plexin A1, A2, A3, and A4. Plexins form a complex with neuropilin-1 and -2 and the cell adhesion protein L1 to form a functional semaphorin receptor (1,2). The GTPase Rnd1 binds to the cytoplasmic domain of Plexin A1 to trigger cytoskeletal collapse. In contrast, the GTPase RhoD blocks Rnd1-mediated Plexin A1 activation and repulsion of sympathetic axons by Sema3A (3).

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Human, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Myelin proteolipid protein (PLP1) corresponds to the majority of myelin proteins in the CNS, providing support to axons and modulating the axonal growth (1). DM20 is the result of the alternative splicing of the plp1 gene, which is linked to oligodendrocyte differentiation and survival. The imbalance of PLP1/DM20, is linked to Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disese (2,3), including mitochonmdrial damage (4). In addition, PLP1, but not DM20, can enter the mitochondria and participate in the metabolism of cells (5, 6).

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Human

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: PLXND1 (PlexinD1) is a type I transmembrane receptor for semaphorin (SEMA) family signaling molecules (1). PLXND1 has an extracellular SEMA binding domain, and a cytoplasmic tail containing RasGAP motifs and a RhoGTPase-binding domain. Upon ligand binding, PLXND1 undergoes conformational change and acquires GAP activity that inactivates downstream Rac/Ras signaling, leading to focal adhesion destabilization (2). The PLXND1 signaling pathway plays important roles in neuronal synapse formation, vascular branching, and thymocyte migration (2-4). Increased expression of PLXND1 is positively correlated with tumor stages in multiple cancer types (6). This is supported by gene knockdown experiments that suggest that SEMA/PLXND1 signaling may contribute metastatic progression (7-8).

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Human, Monkey

Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: Presenilin 1 and presenilin 2 are transmembrane proteins belonging to the presenilin family. Mutation of presenilin genes has been linked to early onset of Alzheimer disease, probably due to presenilin's associated γ-secretase activity for amyloid-β protein processing (1,2). Endogenous presenilin mainly exists in a heterodimeric complex formed from the endoproteolytically processed amino-terminal (34 kDa) and carboxy-terminal (~20, 22, 23 kDa) fragments (CTF) (2,3).

$260
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Human, Monkey, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: Presenilin 1 and presenilin 2 are transmembrane proteins belonging to the presenilin family. Mutation of presenilin genes has been linked to early onset of Alzheimer disease, probably due to presenilin's associated γ-secretase activity for amyloid-β protein processing (1,2). Endogenous presenilin mainly exists in a heterodimeric complex formed from the endoproteolytically processed amino-terminal (34 kDa) and carboxy-terminal (~20, 22, 23 kDa) fragments (CTF) (2,3).

$260
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Human, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Immunofluorescence (Frozen), Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: Postsynaptic Density protein 95 (PSD95) is a member of the membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) family of proteins. These family members consist of an amino-terminal variable segment followed by three PDZ domains, a SH3 domain, and an inactive guanylate kinase (GK) domain. PSD95 is a scaffolding protein involved in the assembly and function of the postsynaptic density complex (1-2). PSD95 participates in synaptic targeting of AMPA receptors through an indirect manner involving Stargazin and related transmembrane AMPA receptor regulatory proteins (TARPs) (3). It is implicated in experience-dependent plasticity and plays an indispensable role in learning (4). Mutations in PSD95 are associated with autism (5).

$260
100 µl
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Mouse

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Ras activity is regulated by GAP (GTPase activating proteins) and GEFs (guanine nucleotide exchange factors). Ras-GRF1 (also known as CDC25Mm) is neuronal RasGEF and is regulated by heterotrimeric G proteins and calcium influx (1,2). Binding to calmodulin and phosphorylation stimulate Ras-GRF1 activity (1,2). Multiple PKA phosphorylation sites on Ras-GRF have been identified. Phosphorylation on the two major sites, Ser54 and Ser822, inhibits Ras-GRF activity (3). Carbachol (a muscarinic agonist)-induced phosphorylation on Ser916 is essential but not sufficient for maximal Ras-GRF activity (4). It has been reported that Ras-GRF1 also shows GEF activity toward Rac after phosphorylation by the tyrosine kinase Src (5).

$260
100 µl
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Human, Mouse

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: The semaphorin family of proteins is involved in axon guidance, cell migration, angiogenesis, and immune response. Plexins and neuropilins bind with high affinity to semaphorins to mediate their functions. Semaphorins are divided into seven classes of secreted or membrane-bound proteins. Members of Class 4 semaphorins include 4A through 4G; semaphorin 4B is a membrane-associated protein (1,2). Semaphorin 4B binds to the CLCP1 receptor and regulates cell motility (3). Furthermore, semaphorin 4B, like many other semaphorins, has a PDZ domain-binding motif at the carboxy terminus that interacts with PSD95 and localizes to the post-synaptic membrane (4).

$260
100 µl
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Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: The SHANK family proteins, also known as proline-rich synapse-associated proteins, consist of SHANK1, SHANK2, and SHANK3. SHANK proteins act as scaffolds at the neuronal post-synaptic density (PSD) (1), where they play a critical role in PSD assembly of excitatory synapses during development (2). While recruitment of SHANK proteins to the synapse is independent of their interaction with Homer (3), proper synaptic targeting of SHANK1 is mediated by interactions between its PDZ domain and PSD proteins (4). At the synapse, SHANK proteins interact with NMDA receptors and metabotropic glutamate receptor complexes (5). Research studies have proposed the involvement of SHANK proteins in autism and neurodegenerative diseases (6).

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Human, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: The differentiation process of neurons can be divided into five stages, each stage characterized by morphological changes observed in the developing cells. In stage 1, the cells extend lamellipodia and in stage 2 their lamellipodia develop into immature neurites. In stage 3 one neurite elongates rapidly to form an axon and in stage 4 the remaining immature neuritis elongate to form dendrites. In stage 5 synaptic contacts are formed and a neuronal network is established (1).Shootin1 is involved in generating internal asymmetric signals required for neuronal during stages 2 and 3. The extension of an axon requires considerable reorganization of the cytoskeleton mediated by PI3K/Akt and PI3K/Cdc42 signaling (1). Shootin1 is involved in regulating the subcellular localization of PI3 kinase. Furthermore, shootin1 is upregulated during polarization and accumulates asymmetrically in a single neurite that consequently elongates rapidly to form an axon (2).

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Human, Mouse

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: SLC1A4, also known as ASCT1, is a neutral amino acid transporter. Its other name, ASCT1, was given because it mediates obligatory exchange of alanine, serine, cysteine, and threonine (1). SLC1A4 mediates the efflux of glutamate from the neuron into the synaptic junction via calcium-independent release, as well as mediating the efflux of L-serine from glial cells and its uptake by neurons (2). SLC1A4-mediated transport is shown to involve a symmetrical potassium-independent electroneutral exchange of neutral amino acids and sodium, such that the current activated during transport is carried only by chloride ions (3).

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Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: The 25 kDa synaptosome-associated protein (SNAP25) is a target membrane soluble, N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (t-SNARE) that is found on neuronal presynaptic membranes. SNAP25 forms a core complex with the SNARE proteins syntaxin and synaptobrevin to mediate synaptic vesicle fusion with the plasma membrane during Ca2+-dependent exocytosis (1). This complex is responsible for exocytosis of the neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Neurotransmitter release is inhibited by proteolysis of SNAP25 by botulinum toxins A and E (2). SNAP25 plays a secondary role as a Q-SNARE involved in endosome fusion; the protein is associated with genetic susceptibility to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (3).

$260
100 µl
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Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: The 25 kDa synaptosome-associated protein (SNAP25) is a target membrane soluble, N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (t-SNARE) that is found on neuronal presynaptic membranes. SNAP25 forms a core complex with the SNARE proteins syntaxin and synaptobrevin to mediate synaptic vesicle fusion with the plasma membrane during Ca2+-dependent exocytosis (1). This complex is responsible for exocytosis of the neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Neurotransmitter release is inhibited by proteolysis of SNAP25 by botulinum toxins A and E (2). SNAP25 plays a secondary role as a Q-SNARE involved in endosome fusion; the protein is associated with genetic susceptibility to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (3).

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100 µl
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Human

Application Methods: Flow Cytometry, Western Blotting

Background: SOD1, Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase, is a major antioxidant enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of superoxide anion to hydrogen peroxide and molecular oxygen (1). SOD1 is ubiquitously expressed and is localized in the cytosol, nucleus and mitochondrial intermembrane space. The SOD1 gene locus is on chromosome 21 in a region affected in Down Syndrome (2). In addition, over 100 distinct SOD1 inherited mutations have been identified in the familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive degenerative disease of motor neurons (3-5). Despite the fact that SOD1 helps to eliminate toxic reactive species, its mutations in ALS have been described as gain-of-function (5). The mechanism by which mutant SOD1 induces the neurodegeneration observed in ALS is still unclear. Mutant SOD1 proteins become misfolded and consequently oligomerize into high molecular weight species that aggregate and end up in proteinaceous inclusions (5).

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Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Somatostatin receptors are part of the super family of G protein-coupled receptors. Five genes encoding six different somatostatin receptor subtypes (SSTR1, SSTR2A, SSTR2B, SSTR3, SSTR4, and SSTR5) have been cloned (1). Somatostatin receptors are activated by somatostatin, a neuropeptide that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates hormone secretion from endocrine tissues (2). Somatostatin receptors are found to be highly expressed on human neuroendocrine tumors (3).

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Human, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Stargazin is a four-pass transmembrane protein related to VDCC (voltage dependent calcium channel) γ subunits and part of the TARP (transmembrane AMPA receptor regulatory protein) family of proteins. TARP proteins can form a complex with AMPA receptors (GluR1-4) and serve as integral auxiliary subunits (1-6).Interactions between stargazin and AMPA receptors are implicated in regulation of receptor surface expression, synaptic clustering and recycling, as well as increased receptor responsiveness to glutamate (1,2,5,6). Stargazin may play a role in the molecular mechanism of AMPAR-mediated inflammatory pain by taking part in signaling pathways that relay pain in the spinal cord (5). Because the protein also modulates the pharmacology of AMPA receptors, it enhances the effects of AMPAR potentiators that have therapeutic potential for a number of mental and neurodegenerative diseases (6).The carboxy terminus of the stargazin protein interacts with the PDZ domains of PSD95 and other membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) family members, and together traffic AMPA receptors to the cell surface membrane, anchoring them to the postsynaptic site (1,7). Phosphorylation of stargazin by PKA on Thr321 inhibits this binding (3).

$260
100 µl
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Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting

Background: Striatal enriched phosphatase (STEP, also known as PTPN5), is a protein tyrosine phosphatase expressed in dopaminoceptive neurons of the central nervous system (1). Alternative splicing produces the cytosolic STEP46 and the membrane-associated STEP61 isoforms of STEP. Dopamine activates D1 receptors and PKA, which in turn phosphorylate both isoforms of STEP. Phosphorylation of STEP61 occurs at Ser160 and Ser221, while STEP46 is phosphorylated at Ser49 (equivalent to Ser221 of STEP61) (2). NMDA-mediated activation of STEP is an important mechanism for regulation of Erk activity in neurons (3). Furthermore, STEP is involved in the regulation of both NMDAR and AMPAR trafficking (4,5). Due to its importance in cognitive function, STEP may play a role in Alzheimer's disease (1).

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100 µl
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Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Synapsins, a group of at least five related members (synapsins Ia, Ib, IIa, IIb, and IIIa), are abundant brain proteins essential for regulating neurotransmitter release (1,2). All synapsins contain a short amino-terminal domain that is highly conserved and phosphorylated by PKA or CaM kinase I (1). Phosphorylation of the synapsin amino-terminal domain at Ser9 inhibits its binding to phospholipids and dissociates synapsins from synaptic vesicles (2).

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100 µl
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Human, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: Synaptophysin (SYP) is a neuronal synaptic vesicle glycoprotein that is expressed in neuroendocrine cells and neoplasms (1). Synaptophysin contains four transmembrane domains that form a hexameric channel or gap junction-like pore (2). Synaptophysin binds to the SNARE protein synaptobrevin/VAMP, which prevents the inclusion of synaptobrevin in the synaptic vesicle fusion complex and creates a pool of synaptobrevin for exocytosis when synapse activity increases (3). Synaptophysin is also responsible for targeting synaptobrevin 2/VAMP2 to synaptic vesicles, a critical component of the fusion complex (4).

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Human, Monkey, Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Flow Cytometry, Western Blotting

Background: Synaptotagmin 1 (SYT1) is an integral membrane protein found in synaptic vesicles thought to play a role in vesicle trafficking and exocytosis (1). Individual SYT1 proteins are composed of an amino-terminal transmembrane region, a central linker region and a pair of carboxy-terminal C2 domains responsible for binding Ca2+ (2). The C2 domains appear to be functionally distinct, with the C2A domain responsible for regulating synaptic vesicle fusion in a calcium-dependent manner during exocytosis while the C2B domain allows for interaction between adjacent SYT1 proteins (3). Because synaptotagmin 1 binds calcium and is found in synaptic vesicles, this integral membrane protein is thought to act as a calcium sensor in fast synaptic vesicle exocytosis. Evidence suggests possible roles in vesicle-mediated endocytosis and glucose-induced insulin secretion as well (4,5). SYT1 binds several different SNARE proteins during calcium-mediated vesicle endocytosis and an association between SYT1 and the SNARE protein SNAP-25 is thought to be a key element in vesicle-mediated exocytosis (6).

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Mouse, Rat

Application Methods: Western Blotting

Background: SynGAP is a synaptic GTPase-activating protein selectively expressed in the brain and found at higher concentrations specifically at excitatory synapses in the mammalian forebrain. SynGAP has a PH domain, a C2 domain, and a highly conserved RasGAP domain, which negatively regulates both Ras activity and its downstream signaling pathways. SynGAP interacts with the PDZ domains of SAP102, as well as PSD95, a postsynaptic scaffolding protein that couples SynGAP to NMDA receptors (1). SynGAP is phosphorylated by Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) at Ser765 and Ser1123, among other sites (2,3). Phosphorylation of SynGAP results in stimulation of the GTPase activity of Ras, and PSD95 dependent CaMKII phosphorylation of SynGAP increases after transient brain ischemia (1,4). SynGAP is implicated in NMDAR- and CaMKII-dependent regulation of AMPAR trafficking and plays an important role in synaptic plasticity (3,5). SynGAP is critical during neuronal development as mice lacking SynGAP protein die postnatally. Furthermore, SynGAP mutant mice have reduced long-term potentiation (LTP) and perform poorly in spatial memory tasks (6).