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Title: Botulinum neurotoxins serotypes A and E cleave SNAP-25 at distinct COOH-terminal peptide bonds
Authors: Schiavo, G.
Santucci, Annalisa 
Dasgupta, B. R.
Mehta, P. P.
Jontes, J.
Benfenati, F.
Wilson, M. C.
Montecucco, C.
Issue Date: 1993
Project: None 
SNAP-25, a membrane-associated protein of the nerve terminal, is specifically cleaved by botulinum neurotoxins serotypes A and E, which cause human and animal botulism by blocking neurotransmitter release at the neuromuscular junction. Here we show that these two metallo-endopeptidase toxins cleave SNAP-25 at two distinct carboxyl-terminal sites. Serotype A catalyses the hydrolysis of the Gln197-Arg198 peptide bond, while serotype E cleaves the Arg180-Ile181 peptide linkage. These results indicate that the carboxyl-terminal region of SNAP-25 plays a crucial role in the multi-protein complex that mediates vesicle docking and fusion at the nerve terminal.
ISSN: 0014-5793
DOI: 10.1016/0014-5793(93)80448-4
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