Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
The homotypic fusion of yeast vacuoles occurs in an ordered cascade of priming, docking, and fusion. The linkage between these steps has so far remained unclear. We now report that Vam7p (the vacuolar SNAP-23/25 homolog) signals from the cis-SNARE complex to Ypt7p (the vacuolar Rab/Ypt) to initiate the docking process. After Vam7p has been released from the cis-SNARE complex by Sec18p-mediated priming, it is still required for Ypt7p-dependent docking and it needs Ypt7p to remain on the vacuole.
Ungermann, Christian; Price, Albert; and Wickner, William, "A New Role for a SNARE Protein as a Regulator of the Ypt7/Rab-Dependent Stage of Docking" (2000). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 1414.