VAMP8/Endobrevin as a General Vesicular SNARE for Regulated Exocytosis of the Exocrine System

Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore 138673, Singapore.
Molecular Biology of the Cell (Impact Factor: 4.47). 04/2007; 18(3):1056-63. DOI: 10.1091/mbc.E06-10-0974
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The molecular mechanism governing the regulated secretion of most exocrine tissues remains elusive, although VAMP8/endobrevin has recently been shown to be the major vesicular SNARE (v-SNARE) of zymogen granules of pancreatic exocrine acinar cells. In this article, we have characterized the role of VAMP8 in the entire exocrine system. Immunohistochemical studies showed that VAMP8 is expressed in all examined exocrine tissues such as salivary glands, lacrimal (tear) glands, sweat glands, sebaceous glands, mammary glands, and the prostate. Severe anomalies were observed in the salivary and lacrimal glands of VAMP8-null mice. Mutant salivary glands accumulated amylase and carbonic anhydrase VI. Electron microscopy revealed an accumulation of secretory granules in the acinar cells of mutant parotid and lacrimal glands. Pilocarpine-stimulated secretion of saliva proteins was compromised in the absence of VAMP8. Protein aggregates were observed in mutant lacrimal glands. VAMP8 may interact with syntaxin 4 and SNAP-23. These results suggest that VAMP8 may act as a v-SNARE for regulated secretion of the entire exocrine system.

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    • "Vesicle-associated membrane protein 8 (VAMP8) was immnostained to evaluate the occupied pattern of secretory vesicles (SVs) in the acinar cells of specimens. VAMP8 was previously shown to be enriched on the membranes of zymogen granules [26]. The primary antibody used for immunostaining was a rabbit monoclonal antibody against VAMP8 (Abcam, UK). "
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    PLoS ONE 09/2014; 9(9):e106338. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0106338 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "In previous reports, VAMP8 and Rab3D immunostaining was detected in the vicinity of the apical membrane and cytoplasm of normal lacrimal gland epithelia. Wang et al. detected VAMP8 immunostaining near the apical membrane in normal mouse lacrimal glands [25]. Evans et al. detected Rab3D immunostaining at the subapical region in normal rabbit lacrimal glands [30]. "
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    PLoS ONE 09/2012; 7(9):e43688. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0043688 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "Importantly, populations of vesicles are distinguished by the presence of specific combinations of coat proteins, such as clathrin, Adaptor Proteins (AP1-4), FAPP1/2, GGAs, ARF, v-snares, and synaptotagmin. In the parotid gland, VAMP2, VAMP8, syntaxin4/6, and synaptotagmin decorate the cytoplasmic side of secretory granules (Fujita-Yoshigaki et al. 2006; Wang et al. 2007). These different coat proteins on different vesicles direct the vesicles to the correct target membranes. "
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