Regulation of SNAP-25 trafficking and function by palmitoylation

Jennifer Greaves, Gerald R Prescott, Oforiwa A Gorleku, Luke H Chamberlain

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The SNARE (soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion protein-attachment protein receptor) protein SNAP-25 (25 kDa synaptosome-associated protein) is essential for regulated exocytosis in neuronal and neuroendocrine cells. Whereas the majority of SNARE proteins contain transmembrane domains, SNAP-25 is instead anchored to membranes by the palmitoylation of a central cysteine-rich region. In this review, we discuss the mechanisms of SNAP-25 palmitoylation and how this modification regulates the intracellular trafficking and exocytotic function of this essential protein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-166
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical Society Transactions
Issue numberPt 1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acyltransferases
  • Animals
  • Exocytosis
  • Humans
  • Lipoylation
  • Protein Transport
  • Synaptosomal-Associated Protein 25
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review


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