Oct 3, 1977

Fusion of neurohypophyseal membranes in vitro

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
M GratzlN A Thorn


Freeze cleaving electron microscopy has shown that fusion of isolated secretory vesicles from bovine neurohypophyses was induced by Ca2+ in micromolar concentrations. Mg2+ and Sr2+ were ineffective. Mg2+ inhibited Ca2+-induced fusion. In suspensions containing secretory vesicles as well as sheets of cell membrane, release of vasopressin parallel to intervesicular fusion and fusion of secretory vesicles with sheets of cell membrane was observed after exposure to Ca2+. Mg2+ and Sr2+ were ineffective in replacing Ca2+ as trigger for fusion or vasopressin release. Intervesicular fusion and exocytotic profiles were observed when isolated neurohypophyses or neurosecretosomes were exposed to cold.

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Cations, Divalent
Cold Temperature
Infundibular Stem
Nerve Endings
Electron Microscopy
Freeze Fracturing

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