Synaptotagmin V is targeted to dense-core vesicles that undergo calcium-dependent exocytosis in PC12 cells

Chika Saegusa, Mitsunori Fukuda, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba

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Synaptotagmins (Syts) III, V, VI, and X are classified as a subclass of Syt, based on their sequence similarities and biochemical properties (Ibata, K., Fukuda, M., and Mikoshiba, K. (1998) J. Biol. Chem. 273, 12267-12273; Fukuda, M., Kanno, E., and Mikoshiba, K. (1999) J. Biol. Chem. 274, 31421-31427). Although they have been suggested to be involved in vesicular trafficking, as in the role of the Syt I isoform in synaptic vesicle exocytosis, their exact functions remain to be clarified, and even their precise subcellular localization is still a matter of controversy. In this study, we established rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cell lines that stably express Syts III-, V-, VI-, and X-GFP (green fluorescence protein) fusion proteins, respectively, to determine their precise subcellular localizations. Surprisingly, Syts III-, V-, VI-, and X-GFP proteins were found to be targeted to specific organelles: Syt III-GFP to near the plasma membrane, Syt V-GFP to dense-core vesicles, Syt VI-GFP to endoplasmic reticulum-like structures, and Syt X-GFP to vesicles (other than dense-core vesicles) present in cytoplasm. We showed that Syt V-containing vesicles at the neurites of PC12 cells were processed to exocytosis in a Ca 2+-dependent manner. Immunohistochemical analysis further showed that endogenous Syt V was also localized on dense-core vesicles in the mouse brain and specifically expressed in glucagon-positive α-cells in mouse pancreatic islets, but not in β- or δ-cells. Based on these results, we propose that Syt V is a dense-core vesicle-specific Syt isoform that controls a specific type of Ca 2+-regulated secretion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24499-24505
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jul 5


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