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The neuronal soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) complex is essential for synaptic vesicle exocytosis, but its study has been limited by the neonatal lethality of murine SNARE knockouts. Here, we describe a viable mouse line carrying a mutation in the b-isoform of neuronal SNARE synaptosomal-associated protein of 25 kDa (SNAP-25). The causative I67T missense mutation results in increased binding affinities within the SNARE complex, impaired exocytotic vesicle recycling and granule exocytosis in pancreatic beta-cells, and a reduction in the amplitude of evoked cortical excitatory postsynaptic potentials. The mice also display ataxia and impaired sensorimotor gating, a phenotype which has been associated with psychiatric disorders in humans. These studies therefore provide insights into the role of the SNARE complex in both diabetes and psychiatric disease.

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Journal article


Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

Publication Date





2431 - 2436


Alcoholic Intoxication, Animals, Ataxia, Diabetes Mellitus, Exocytosis, Gait Disorders, Neurologic, Genes, Dominant, Insulin-Secreting Cells, Mental Disorders, Mice, Mice, Mutant Strains, Models, Animal, Mutation, Missense, SNARE Proteins, Synaptic Vesicles, Synaptosomal-Associated Protein 25