The vesicle cluster as a major organizer of synaptic composition in the short-term and long-term


Reshetniak S, Rizzoli SO


Current Opinion in Cell Biology


Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2021 Mar 8;71:63-68.


For decades, the synaptic vesicle cluster has been thought of as a storage space for synaptic vesicles, whose obvious function is to provide vesicles for the depolarization-induced release of neurotransmitters; however, reports over the last few years indicate that the synaptic vesicle cluster probably plays a much broader and more fundamental role in synaptic biology. Various experiments suggest that the cluster is able to regulate protein distribution and mobility in the synapse; moreover, it probably regulates cytoskeleton architecture, mediates the selective removal of synaptic components from the bouton, and controls the responses of the presynapse to plasticity. Here we discuss these features of the vesicle cluster and conclude that it serves as a key organizer of synaptic composition and dynamics.



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