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Priming of secretory vesicles is a prerequisite for their Ca(2+)-dependent fusion with the plasma membrane. The key vesicle priming proteins, Munc13s and CAPSs, are thought to mediate vesicle priming by regulating the conformation of the t-SNARE syntaxin, thereby facilitating SNARE complex assembly. Munc13s execute their priming function through their MUN domain. Given that the MUN domain of Ca(2+)-dependent activator protein for secretion (CAPS) also binds syntaxin, it was assumed that CAPSs prime vesicles through the same mechanism as Munc13s. We studied naturally occurring splice variants of CAPS2 in CAPS1/CAPS2-deficient cells and found that CAPS2 primes vesicles independently of its MUN domain. Instead, the pleckstrin homology domain of CAPS2 seemingly is essential for its priming function. Our findings indicate a priming mode for secretory vesicles. This process apparently requires membrane phospholipids, does not involve the binding or direct conformational regulation of syntaxin by MUN domains of CAPSs, and is therefore not redundant with Munc13 action. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Cuc Quynh Nguyen Truong, Dennis Nestvogel, Olga Ratai, Claudia Schirra, David R Stevens, Nils Brose, JeongSeop Rhee, Jens Rettig. Secretory vesicle priming by CAPS is independent of its SNARE-binding MUN domain. Cell reports. 2014 Nov 6;9(3):902-9

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