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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    HOPS recognizes each SNARE, assembling ternary trans-complexes for rapid fusion upon engagement with the 4th SNARE

    Hongki Song et al.
    The tethering complex HOPS employs affinity for each of the 4 SNAREs to catalyze assembly of 3-SNARE intermediates, supporting an immediate burst of membrane fusion triggered by the 4th SNARE.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Membranes linked by trans-SNARE complexes require lipids prone to non-bilayer structure for progression to fusion

    Michael Zick et al.
    Lipids with a propensity to form nonbilayer structures must be present for the last step of membrane fusion to take place.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    ER assembly of SNARE complexes mediating formation of partitioning membrane in Arabidopsis cytokinesis

    Matthias Karnahl et al.
    SNARE proteins are delivered as complexes already from the endoplasmic reticulum along the secretory pathway to the cell division plane to mediate the formation of the partitioning membrane by vesicle fusion.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Dilation of fusion pores by crowding of SNARE proteins

    Zhenyong Wu et al.
    A few SNARE complexes suffice to fuse membranes, but many more are needed to dilate the nascent fusion pore by molecular crowding for efficient neurotransmitter or hormone release during exocytosis.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Munc18-1 catalyzes neuronal SNARE assembly by templating SNARE association

    Junyi Jiao et al.
    Sec1/Munc18-family proteins chaperone SNARE assembly via a common templating mechanism.
    1. Neuroscience

    A synaptotagmin suppressor screen indicates SNARE binding controls the timing and Ca2+ cooperativity of vesicle fusion

    Zhuo Guan et al.
    A suppressor screen of dominant-negative synaptotagmin-induced lethality in Drosophila identifies key properties of the protein that regulate fusion, including the SNARE interaction surface.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Complexin induces a conformational change at the membrane-proximal C-terminal end of the SNARE complex

    Ucheor B Choi et al.
    Complexin can have two conformations when bound to a ternary SNARE complex, one of which induces a conformational change of the SNARE complex at the C-terminus.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Advances in X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) diffraction data processing applied to the crystal structure of the synaptotagmin-1 / SNARE complex

    Artem Y Lyubimov et al.
    Building on previous work (Uervirojnangkoorn et al., 2015), we demonstrate how improved methods for processing XFEL diffraction data enable the determination of structures from poorly diffracting crystals.
    1. Cell Biology

    COPI mediates recycling of an exocytic SNARE by recognition of a ubiquitin sorting signal

    Peng Xu et al.
    COPI vesicle coat protein recognizes a ubiquitin sorting signal on an exocytic v-SNARE to mediate recycling.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural principles of SNARE complex recognition by the AAA+ protein NSF

    K Ian White et al.
    Electron-cryomicroscopy structures of the supercomplex of NSF, αSNAP, and neuronal SNAREs in the presence of ATP under non-hydrolyzing conditions at 3.9 Å resolution reveal interactions between the N-terminal residues of SNAP-25 and NSF.