Coordinated bi-directional trafficking of synaptic vesicle and active zone proteins in peripheral nerves

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Abstract

Synaptic transmission is mediated by neurotransmitters that are stored in synaptic vesicles (SV) and released at the synaptic active zone (AZ). While in recent years major progress has been made in unraveling the molecular machinery responsible for SV docking, fusion and exocytosis, the mechanisms governing AZ protein and SV trafficking through axons still remain unclear. Here, we performed stop-flow nerve ligation to examine axonal trafficking of endogenous AZ and SV proteins. Rat sciatic nerves were collected 1 h, 3 h and 8 h post ligation and processed for immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. First, we followed the transport of an integral synaptic vesicle protein, SV2A and a SV-associated protein involved in SV trafficking, Rab3a, and observed that while SV2A accumulated on both sides of ligation, Rab3a was only noticeable in the proximal segment of the ligated nerve indicating that only SV trans-membrane protein SV2A displayed a bi-directional axonal transport. We then demonstrate that multiple AZ proteins accumulate rapidly on either side of the ligation with a timescale similar to that of SV2A. Overall, our data uncovers an unexpected robust bi-directional, coordinated -trafficking of SV and AZ proteins in peripheral nerves. This implies that pathological disruption of axonal trafficking will not only impair trafficking of newly synthesized proteins to the synapse but will also affect retrograde transport, leading to neuronal dysfunction and likely neurodegeneration.

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Authors
  • Judyta K. Juranek
  • Konark Mukherjee
  • Reinhard Jahn
  • Jia Yi Li
Organisations
External organisations
  • Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
  • Lund University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Neurosciences

Keywords

  • Active zone, Motor neuron, Presynapse, Sciatic nerve, Synaptic vesicle
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-98
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume559
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 25
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes