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Clathrin coat controls synaptic vesicle acidification by blocking vacuolar ATPase activity

  1. Zohreh Farsi
  2. Sindhuja Gowrisankaran
  3. Matija Krunic
  4. Burkhard Rammner
  5. Andrew Woehler
  6. Eileen M Lafer
  7. Carsten Mim
  8. Reinhard Jahn
  9. Ira Milosevic  Is a corresponding author
  1. Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
  2. European Neuroscience Institute (ENI), Germany
  3. Sciloop, Germany
  4. Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany
  5. University of Texas Health Science Center, United States
  6. Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e32569 doi: 10.7554/eLife.32569

Abstract

Newly-formed synaptic vesicles (SVs) are rapidly acidified by vacuolar adenosine triphosphatases (vATPases), generating a proton electrochemical gradient that drives neurotransmitter loading. Clathrin-mediated endocytosis is needed for the formation of new SVs, yet it is unclear when endocytosed vesicles acidify and refill at the synapse. Here, we isolated clathrin-coated vesicles (CCVs) from mouse brain to measure their acidification directly at the single vesicle level. We observed that the ATP-induced acidification of CCVs was strikingly reduced in comparison to SVs. Remarkably, when the coat was removed from CCVs, uncoated vesicles regained ATP-dependent acidification, demonstrating that CCVs contain the functional vATPase, yet its function is inhibited by the clathrin coat. Considering the known structures of the vATPase and clathrin coat, we propose a model in which the formation of the coat surrounds the vATPase and blocks its activity. Such inhibition is likely fundamental for the proper timing of SV refilling.

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The structure has been deposited with the EMDB-ID #4335.For additional information considering structure please contact Prof Dr Carsten Mim at carsten.mim@ki.se

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  1. Zohreh Farsi

    Department of Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
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  2. Sindhuja Gowrisankaran

    Synaptic Vesicle Dynamics Group, European Neuroscience Institute (ENI), Göttingen, Germany
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  3. Matija Krunic

    Synaptic Vesicle Dynamics Group, European Neuroscience Institute (ENI), Göttingen, Germany
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  4. Burkhard Rammner

    Sciloop, Hamburg, Germany
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  5. Andrew Woehler

    Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany
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  6. Eileen M Lafer

    Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, United States
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  7. Carsten Mim

    Department for Biomedical Engineering and Health Solutions, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Huddinge, Sweden
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  8. Reinhard Jahn

    Department of Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany
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    Reinhard Jahn, Reviewing editor, eLife.
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  9. Ira Milosevic

    Synaptic Vesicle Dynamics Group, European Neuroscience Institute (ENI), Göttingen, Germany
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    imilose@gwdg.de
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Funding

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Emmy Noether Young Investigator Award MI-1702/1)

  • Ira Milosevic

Human Frontier Science Program (Young Investigator Grant RGY0074/16)

  • Carsten Mim

Schram Stiftung (T287/25457)

  • Ira Milosevic

Engelhorn Stiftung (Postdoc fellowship)

  • Zohreh Farsi

Synaptic System PhD fellowship (PhD fellowship)

  • Sindhuja Gowrisankaran

National Institutes of Health (GM118933)

  • Eileen M Lafer

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: Animal experiments were conducted according to the European Guidelines for animal welfare (2010/63/EU) with approval by the Lower Saxony Landesamt fur Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LAVES), registration number 14/1701.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Margaret S. Robinson, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: October 6, 2017
  2. Accepted: April 7, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: April 13, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: May 4, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Farsi et al.

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