Role of 3'-phosphorylated phosphoinositides in neurosecretion (2004–2006)
Neurons communicate through the release of neurotransmitter by synaptic vesicles. Minute changes underlie normal processes such as memory and modifications of neurotransmitter level contribute to a number of neurological diseases. I am interested in deciphering the role of phosphoinositides an inner membrane-based lipid during steps leading to the fusion of a synaptic vesicle with the plasma membrane. I have recently discovered that phosphatidylinositol-3 phosphate production was critical for the vesicle to acquire the competence to fuse with the plasma membrane. This project aim to understand by which mechanism this lipid interacts with the release machinery to promote such priming step.