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Vesicle-associated membrane protein 2 (synaptobrevin 2)
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Symbols VAMP2 ; SYB2; VAMP-2
External IDs OMIM185881 MGI1313277 HomoloGene7591 GeneCards: VAMP2 Gene
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Species Human Mouse
Entrez 6844 22318
Ensembl ENSG00000220205 ENSMUSG00000020894
UniProt P63027 P63044
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_014232 NM_009497
RefSeq (protein) NP_055047 NP_033523
Location (UCSC) Chr 17:
8.16 – 8.16 Mb
Chr 11:
69.09 – 69.09 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

Vesicle-associated membrane protein 2 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the VAMP2 gene.[1][2]


Synaptobrevins/VAMPs, syntaxins, and the 25-kD synaptosomal-associated protein SNAP25 are the main components of a protein complex involved in the docking and/or fusion of synaptic vesicles with the presynaptic membrane. VAMP2 is a member of the vesicle-associated membrane protein (VAMP)/synaptobrevin family. VAMP2 is thought to participate in neurotransmitter release at a step between docking and fusion. Mice lacking functional synaptobrevin2/VAMP2 gene cannot survive after birth, and have a dramatically reduced synaptic transmission, around 10% of control.[3] The protein forms a stable complex with syntaxin, synaptosomal-associated protein, 25 kD, and complexin. It also forms a distinct complex with synaptophysin.[2]

Clinical significance[edit]

VAMP2 is a likely candidate gene for familial infantile myasthenia (FIMG) because of its map location and because it encodes a synaptic vesicle protein of the type that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of FIMG.


VAMP2 has been shown to interact with:


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  2. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: VAMP2 vesicle-associated membrane protein 2 (synaptobrevin 2)". 
  3. ^ Schoch S, Deák F, Königstorfer A, Mozhayeva M, Sara Y, Südhof TC, Kavalali ET (Nov 2001). "SNARE function analyzed in synaptobrevin/VAMP knockout mice". Science 294 (5544): 1117–22. doi:10.1126/science.1064335. PMID 11691998. 
  4. ^ Martincic I, Peralta ME, Ngsee JK (Oct 1997). "Isolation and characterization of a dual prenylated Rab and VAMP2 receptor". The Journal of Biological Chemistry 272 (43): 26991–8. PMID 9341137. 
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  7. ^ a b Chen X, Tomchick DR, Kovrigin E, Araç D, Machius M, Südhof TC, Rizo J (Jan 2002). "Three-dimensional structure of the complexin/SNARE complex". Neuron 33 (3): 397–409. PMID 11832227. 
  8. ^ a b Paumet F, Le Mao J, Martin S, Galli T, David B, Blank U, Roa M (Jun 2000). "Soluble NSF attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) in RBL-2H3 mast cells: functional role of syntaxin 4 in exocytosis and identification of a vesicle-associated membrane protein 8-containing secretory compartment". Journal of Immunology 164 (11): 5850–7. PMID 10820264. 
  9. ^ Imai A, Nashida T, Yoshie S, Shimomura H (Aug 2003). "Intracellular localisation of SNARE proteins in rat parotid acinar cells: SNARE complexes on the apical plasma membrane". Archives of Oral Biology 48 (8): 597–604. PMID 12828989. 
  10. ^ Kawanishi M, Tamori Y, Okazawa H, Araki S, Shinoda H, Kasuga M (Mar 2000). "Role of SNAP23 in insulin-induced translocation of GLUT4 in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Mediation of complex formation between syntaxin4 and VAMP2". The Journal of Biological Chemistry 275 (11): 8240–7. PMID 10713150. 
  11. ^ Dulubova I, Sugita S, Hill S, Hosaka M, Fernandez I, Südhof TC, Rizo J (Aug 1999). "A conformational switch in syntaxin during exocytosis: role of munc18". The EMBO Journal 18 (16): 4372–82. doi:10.1093/emboj/18.16.4372. PMC 1171512. PMID 10449403. 
  12. ^ McMahon HT, Missler M, Li C, Südhof TC (Oct 1995). "Complexins: cytosolic proteins that regulate SNAP receptor function". Cell 83 (1): 111–9. PMID 7553862. 
  13. ^ Pérez-Brangulí F, Muhaisen A, Blasi J (Jun 2002). "Munc 18a binding to syntaxin 1A and 1B isoforms defines its localization at the plasma membrane and blocks SNARE assembly in a three-hybrid system assay". Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences 20 (2): 169–80. PMID 12093152. 
  14. ^ Margittai M, Otto H, Jahn R (Mar 1999). "A stable interaction between syntaxin 1a and synaptobrevin 2 mediated by their transmembrane domains". FEBS Letters 446 (1): 40–4. PMID 10100611. 
  15. ^ Mollinedo F, Martín-Martín B, Calafat J, Nabokina SM, Lazo PA (Jan 2003). "Role of vesicle-associated membrane protein-2, through Q-soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor/R-soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor interaction, in the exocytosis of specific and tertiary granules of human neutrophils". Journal of Immunology 170 (2): 1034–42. PMID 12517971. 
  16. ^ Jagadish MN, Fernandez CS, Hewish DR, Macaulay SL, Gough KH, Grusovin J, Verkuylen A, Cosgrove L, Alafaci A, Frenkel MJ, Ward CW (Aug 1996). "Insulin-responsive tissues contain the core complex protein SNAP-25 (synaptosomal-associated protein 25) A and B isoforms in addition to syntaxin 4 and synaptobrevins 1 and 2". The Biochemical Journal. 317. 317 ( Pt 3): 945–54. PMC 1217577. PMID 8760387. 
  17. ^ Reed GL, Houng AK, Fitzgerald ML (Apr 1999). "Human platelets contain SNARE proteins and a Sec1p homologue that interacts with syntaxin 4 and is phosphorylated after thrombin activation: implications for platelet secretion". Blood 93 (8): 2617–26. PMID 10194441. 

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