Mechanobiology June 26th - June 2nd 2016

Mechanobiology: June 26th  - June 2nd 2016


Clathrin-mediated vesicle recycling in synapses is maintained by a unique set of endocytic proteins and interactions. We show that endophilin localizes in the vesicle pool at rest and in spirals at the necks of clathrin-coated pits (CCPs) during activity in lamprey synapses. Endophilin and dynamin colocalize at the base of the clathrin coat. Protein spirals composed of these proteins on lipid tubes in vitro have a pitch similar to the one observed at necks of CCPs in living synapses, and lipid tubules are thinner than those formed by dynamin alone. Tubulation efficiency and the amount of dynamin recruited to lipid tubes are dramatically increased in the presence of endophilin. Blocking the interactions of the endophilin SH3 domain in situ reduces dynamin accumulation at the neck and prevents the formation of elongated necks observed in the presence of GTPγS. Therefore, endophilin recruits dynamin to a restricted part of the CCP neck, forming a complex, which promotes budding of new synaptic vesicles.


Recycling of synaptic vesicles after neurotransmitter release is crucial for a sustained transmission. This membrane-retrieval process occurs mainly through clathrin-mediated endocytosis (Granseth et al., 2007; Jung and Haucke, 2007; Rodal and Littleton, 2008). At the final step of this process, clathrin-coated vesicles bud from the presynaptic membrane and shed their clathrin coat. The accessory protein endophilin binds to two endocytic molecules implicated in the scission and uncoating events in synapses – the GTPase dynamin and the polyphosphoinositide phosphatase synaptojanin (Liu et al., 2009; Ferguson et al., 2007; Heymann and Hinshaw, 2009; Mettlen et al., 2009). Dynamin plays the key role in synaptic vesicle budding, as a complete depletion of all dynamin isoforms blocks fission of clathrin coated pits (CCPs) (Ferguson et al., 2007). The interaction of endophilin with synaptojanin serves mainly to facilitate uncoating of vesicles after fission (Cremona et al., 1999; Gad et al., 2000; Ringstad et al., 1999; Ringstad et al., 2001; Schuske et al., 2003; Song and Zinsmaier, 2003; Verstreken et al., 2003), although recent studies in budding yeast suggest a possible involvement of synaptojanin in the actual fission reaction. This property of endophilin implies that it functions as a molecular switch linking fission and uncoating during recycling of synaptic vesicles. The molecular mechanisms underlying this ‘switch’ are unknown, and in particular the role of the endophilin–dynamin interaction remains to be clarified.

Loss of endophilin in both fly and nematode resulted in a slowdown of the endocytic process in neuromuscular junctions and in an increase in the number of free and membrane-attached clathrin-coated intermediates (Dickman et al., 2005; Schuske et al., 2003; Verstreken et al., 2002; Verstreken et al., 2003). Additionally, in lamprey giant synapses, one of the effects of acute perturbation of the endophilin Src-homology 3 (SH3) domain interaction was an increase in the number of constricted CCPs (Gad et al., 2000). These results indicate that endophilin interactions are not only involved in uncoating but also play a role in a stage dealing with membrane-bound constricted CCPs before the fission step and might thus involve dynamin.

There are three dynamin isoforms in neurons. Dynamin-1 is the neuron-specific isoform required during high levels of neuronal activity (Ferguson et al., 2007; Lou et al., 2008). All dynamin proteins contain a pleckstrin-homology (PH) domain, which allows the protein to interact with membrane phospholipids, and a proline-rich domain (PRD), which enables them to bind to SH3 domains of accessory proteins (Ferguson et al., 2007). The SH3 domain of endophilin 1 has been shown to bind to the PRD of dynamin 1 at two sites in vitro (Anggono and Robinson, 2007; Heymann and Hinshaw, 2009). Endophilin also contains an N-terminal BAR domain with membrane curvature-generating and curvature-sensing properties (Gallop et al., 2006; Masuda et al., 2006). Together with dynamin, endophilin is present on tubules formed by liposomes after addition of brain cytosol (Farsad et al., 2001; Ringstad et al., 1999). Taken together, these studies suggest that endophilin might regulate fission, although it still remains unclear how the complex of endophilin and dynamin, which is not modified by GTP (Farsad et al., 2001), might aid this process.

Here, we utilized the lamprey reticulospinal synapse to elucidate the role of endophilin–dynamin interactions in the regulation of the fission mechanism during recycling of synaptic vesicles. Using immuno-electron microscopy, we localized endophilin to the sites of synaptic vesicle recycling in relation to dynamin and studied the effects of acute perturbations of endophilin SH3 domain interactions on endocytosis in lamprey synapses. To model the effects observed in living synapses in vitro, we used recombinant proteins and lipid templates. Our experiments indicate that endophilin accumulates at a restricted part of the neck of the CCP. We propose that endophilin provides a template for dynamin assembly and forms a complex with dynamin at the neck. This complex increases dynamin recruitment to the neck and structurally promotes dynamin-mediated fission and thus aids sustaining a high rate of synaptic vesicle recycling during neurotransmitter release.


Endophilin localizes to the rim of the clathrin coat of CCPs and colocalizes with dynamin at a restricted part of the neck

To study the relative distribution of endophilin and dynamin at sites of synaptic vesicle recycling in intact stimulated synapses, we used immunogold labeling (Evergren et al., 2004). Both endophilin and dynamin accumulate in the synaptic vesicle pool at rest (supplementary material Fig. S1A) (Evergren et al., 2007). During stimulation, an accumulation of both proteins is observed at CCPs in the periactive zone (Fig. 1A–C,E,F; supplementary material Fig. S1B,C) (see also Evergren et al., 2007). This is in contrast to synapsin, which has also been shown to reside in the synaptic vesicle cluster at rest but does not associate with CCPs in the periactive zone of stimulated synapses (Evergren et al., 2004). Interestingly, endophilin is localized at the edge of the clathrin coat of shallow coated pits (Fig. 1B1,2) and at later stages is concentrated at the necks of constricted coated pits (Fig. 1B3). Localization of endophilin at the rim of the coat was also confirmed by post-embedding immunogold labeling (supplementary material Fig. S1B,C). Dynamin immunoreactivity is also detected at early endocytic stages. Contrary to endophilin, dynamin is found associated with the entire coat at early endocytic stages (Fig. 1C1,2), and, at late stages, dynamin is detected on both the coat and the neck of CCPs (Fig. 1C3). Gold particles signaling for another endophilin binding partner, synaptojanin, were also associated with the entire coat at early endocytic stages. At late stages, however, gold particles were found preferentially concentrated at the lower half of CCPs (upper:lower CCP area labeling ratio=0.33, n=35; supplementary material Fig. S1D–F). Only 40% of CCPs were labeled, which was in agreement with earlier observations (Haffner et al., 1997). By contrast, all CCPs investigated were labeled with antibodies against dynamin and endophilin. These experiments show that, during formation of coated vesicles in the periactive zone, endophilin and dynamin are in position to interact at the necks of constricted CCPs.

Perturbation of endophilin–SH3 domain interactions prevents dynamin localization at the neck of constricted CCPs and inhibits fission in a living synapse

PP19, a peptide derived from the PRD of synaptojanin binds to rat endophilin 1 and blocks interactions of the endophilin SH3 domain selectively (Ringstad et al., 2001). Previous studies showed that microinjection of PP19 into living lamprey synapses blocks interactions of endophilin with its endocytic binding partners – synaptojanin and dynamin – which results in an inhibition of clathrin-mediated endocytosis at late stages (Gad et al., 2000) (see also supplementary material Fig. S2A). One of the striking effects was an accumulation of free clathrin-coated vesicles. An accumulation of clathrin-coated vesicles was also observed in synaptojanin-1-knockout mice. These data led to the conclusion that endophilin serves as a recruiter of the polyinositolphosphatase synaptojanin to CCPs to promote the uncoating reaction (Cremona et al., 1999). In the present study, we sought to investigate further the origin of another, upstream, effect of PP19 microinjection – the accumulation of constricted CCPs – which possibly involves dynamin (Gad et al., 2000).

We first tested whether PP19 blocks SH3 domain interactions of other endocytic proteins interacting with dynamin in lamprey and found that PP19 competes efficiently with dynamin for binding to the GST–SH3 domain of lamprey endophilin but does not affect the interactions between dynamin and the lamprey amphiphysin SH3 domain or the whole cassette of five SH3 domains of lamprey intersectin (supplementary material Fig. S2B). Additionally, coupled to beads, PP19 selectively affinity-purifies the lamprey endophilin orthologue but not amphiphysin or intersectin from lamprey brain extracts (supplementary material Fig. S2C).

We then microinjected PP19 into lamprey giant axons to test whether perturbations of the endophilin SH3-domain interactions affect the localization of dynamin at the necks of constricted CCPs. Ultrastructural effects induced by microinjection of PP19 in giant axons (n=4) are similar to those described earlier (Gad et al., 2000). Synaptic vesicle recycling is perturbed and an accumulation of constricted CCPs is observed in synaptic periactive zones (Fig. 2A,G and supplementary material Fig. S2D). The fission of clathrin-coated vesicles, however, is not completely blocked as free clathrin-coated vesicles are observed in the axoplasm (Fig. 2A2 and supplementary material Fig. S2D).

To determine whether the localization of dynamin to constricted CCPs is affected by PP19, we labeled endocytic intermediates with antibodies against dynamin. While labeling of the upper part of the coat is unaffected, labeling at the lower areas of CCPs is decreased significantly (Fig. 2C vs 2D,H–I). The localization of endophilin to lower parts of CCPs remains unchanged (Fig. 2E vs Fig. 2F,H), indicating that the interaction between endophilin and dynamin is important for the localization of dynamin at the neck of the coated pit.

Endophilin and dynamin form a complex on the necks of constricted CCPs in living synapses

To investigate further the organization of dynamin and endophilin on the necks of CCPs just before fission, we microinjected GTPγS into living reticulospinal axons (Evergren et al., 2007). Endocytic intermediates formed in the presence of GTPγS have elongated necks decorated with a striation pattern. Tilting of sections in an electron microscope allowed us to define these striations as protein spirals (Fig. 3B and Fig. 4B,C). We labeled these structures with antibodies against endophilin, dynamin, intersectin and amphiphysin and compared the distributions of gold particles (Fig. 3A,C–G and supplementary material Fig. S1G,H). Interestingly, endophilin localizes predominately to the area of the neck proximal to the coat [Fig. 3A (region I), Fig. 3C,D,G]. Dynamin and amphiphysin, however, are distributed evenly along the spiral (Fig. 3E–G and supplementary material Fig. S1G), and intersectin immunolabeling is confined to the coat region (supplementary material Fig. S1H). The distribution of gold particles signaling for synaptojanin on protein spirals formed in synapses in the presence of GTPγS using the same technique has been reported previously (Haffner et al., 1997). Clusters of synaptojanin 1 immunogold, which have been observed, are clearly different from the heavy, continuous labeling produced by antibodies against dynamin and the restricted signal produced by immunogold labeling for endophilin observed in our experiments. Thus, before fission, endophilin is concentrated at the base of the coat of the CCPs, where it colocalizes with dynamin. When the dynamin spiral continues to form in the presence of GTPγS, other SH3-domain-containing proteins come into interaction with the PRD of dynamin. One such protein appears to be amphiphysin. As dynamin and endophilin interact directly, this suggests that, in synapses, they assemble into a complex in a restricted part of the spiral proximal to the coat.

Fig. 1.

Endophilin accumulates at the periactive zone after stimulation and colocalizes with dynamin at the necks of CCPs. (A) TEM image of the periactive zone of a reticulospinal synapse in lamprey stimulated at 5 Hz for 20 minutes and labeled with antibodies against endophilin. Gold particles are accumulated at CCPs and vesicles (sv) in the periactive zone. (B,C) Clathrin-coated intermediates labeled with antibodies against endophilin (B) and dynamin (C) at higher magnification (1 – shallow, 2 – non-constricted, and 3 – constricted states). (D) Schematic illustration of a constricted CCP divided into upper and lower areas used for the quantifications of gold particle labeling. (E) Bar graph showing the densities of gold particle labeling for endophilin and dynamin in the region 15 nm from the presynaptic membrane in the periactive zone (500 nm from the active zone) and outside synaptic regions. (F) Bar graph showing gold particle labeling for endophilin and dynamin in the axoplasmic matrix 500 μm2 lateral to the active zone and outside the synaptic region. (G) Bar graph showing the ratios of gold particle densities in the ‘upper’ versus ‘lower’ areas of the constricted CCPs labeled for endophilin and dynamin. (D,G) Quantification of immunogold labeling on constricted CCPs shows that endophilin predominantly resides at the lower half of CCPs (upper:lower ratio=0.37±0.17), whereas dynamin is found more frequently in the upper half of constricted CCPs (upper:lower ratio=2.3±0.35). Bars represent means ± s.e.m. (***P<0.001, Student's t-test; n=35 CCPs). Scale bars: 100 nm (A); 50 nm (B,C).

Endophilin and dynamin form a structurally distinct complex, which promotes dynamin lipid binding in vitro

To investigate further the assembly and structure of an endophilin–dynamin complex, we employed an in vitro model. Previous negative-stain electron microscopy studies have shown that endophilin and dynamin together tubulate liposomes and assemble into spirals (Farsad et al., 2001). When adding dynamin and endophilin to 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-(phospho-l-serine) (hereafter referred to as PS) liposomes, we find that lipid tubules are decorated by protein complexes similar to those observed on the necks of constricted CCPs in vivo, as shown in previous figures (Fig. 3B). Importantly, these endophilin–dynamin complexes are structurally different from those formed by either dynamin or endophilin alone (Fig. 4A,D vs 4F,G). This is further visualized by cryoelectron microscopy (Fig. 4H,I vs 4J,K). Dynamin-decorated tubes have an average diameter and pitch of 43.8±0.42 nm and 13.3±0.26 nm, respectively (mean ± s.e.m.; n=100 tubes; Fig. 4F,J,L,M). Together, endophilin and dynamin assemble into distinct spirals with significantly smaller diameters, 32.1±0.26 nm, as compared with the spirals formed by dynamin alone, and the pitch of the endophilin–dynamin complex spirals is larger, 25.7±0.44 nm (mean ± s.e.m.; n=100 tubes; Fig. 4D,I,L,M). Also, the average inner diameter of endophilin–dynamin-decorated tubes is 8.1 nm (Fig. 4L,M), similar to that of the tubes decorated by endophilin alone (Fig. 5G,K). Immunogold labeling of the tubes confirms that both proteins are components of these structures (Fig. 4N,O).

By measuring the protein–lipid tube diameter, and the pitch of the protein spirals, we further confirmed that the endophilin–dynamin complex assembles on liposomes of different lipid compositions, including PS, PS:PC (PC, 1-acyl-2-acyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine), brain total lipid extract plus PIP2 (hereafter referred to as BTLEPIP2) and PS:PI4 [PI4, 1,2-dioctanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphate (1′-myo-inositol-4′-phosphate)] (Fig. 5B,D, and data not shown). Also, after addition of endophilin to dynamin, many ring-like structures are observed in solution at a salt concentration of 150 mM, indicating that the mixed proteins form distinct complexes even in the absence of lipids (supplementary material Fig. S3A).

To investigate whether endophilin aids in the recruitment of dynamin to lipid membranes, we changed the composition of the liposome templates by decreasing the amount of PS, which dramatically reduces the lipid binding and tubulation properties of dynamin (Table 1). After testing different PS:PC ratios, we found that neither dynamin nor endophilin binds or tubulates PS:PC liposomes mixed at a 30:70% ratio as efficiently as PS liposomes (Fig. 5A and Table 1). Mixing the two proteins together, however, increases the amount of dynamin bound to PS:PC lipids by an average of 1.8-fold under these conditions (Fig. 5H; n=8, P<0.05; supplementary material Fig. S4A). The number of tubulated liposomes decorated with endophilin–dynamin complexes is also increased (Fig. 5A vs 5B; supplementary material Fig. S4B). The structural organization of the spirals assembled on this template is similar to that observed in Fig. 4. To test whether a similar improvement of dynamin recruitment might occur under more physiological conditions, we used brain total lipids plus 10% PIP2 (BTLEPIP2) (Fig. 5C vs 5D). A 6.6-fold average increase in dynamin recruitment to liposomes is observed after addition of endophilin (Fig. 5H; n=2; P<0.05).

To determine whether the interaction between the SH3 domain and PRD is important for endophilin–dynamin complex formation on lipid templates, we added PP19 to the endophilin–dynamin mixture. When endophilin and dynamin are pre-incubated with PP19 and then added to PS:PC (30:70% ratio) or BTLEPIP2 liposomes, a significant reduction in dynamin liposome binding is observed. The presence of PP19 results in an average 2.5-fold reduction in dynamin binding to PS:PC liposomes (Fig. 5I; n=4; P<0.05) and an average 4.7-fold reduction in dynamin binding to total brain lipid extract liposomes (Fig. 5I; n=2; P<0.05). Furthermore, electron microscopy (EM) analysis shows that endophilin–dynamin complexes are disrupted in the presence of PP19 and large gaps in the protein decoration of lipid tubes are visible, whereas addition of 1 mM GTPγS has no effect (Fig. 5E vs 5F; supplementary material Fig. S5D). Furthermore, addition of PP19 has no effect on lipid binding and tubulation properties of the individual proteins (supplementary material Fig. S5A–C) and does not have any effect on endophilin dimerization in solution, as revealed by size-exclusion chromatography and crosslinking of endophilin (supplementary material Fig. S5E). Recombinant ΔPRD-dynamin fails to form the distinct dynamin–endophilin spirals seen on lipids incubated with wild-type dynamin. Additionally, endophilin does not facilitate the lipid binding of ΔPRD-dynamin (Fig. 5G,I). Thus, the interaction between the endophilin SH3 domain and dynamin PRD mediates assembly of the proteins into a structurally distinct complex on lipids that leads to the formation of protein–lipid tubes of a smaller diameter and facilitates further recruitment of dynamin to lipids.

Fig. 2.

Acute perturbation of endophilin SH3-domain interactions perturbs localization of dynamin at necks of CCPs and inhibits fission in living synapses. (A1) Electron micrograph showing a periactive zone of a lamprey synapse stimulated at 5 Hz for 20 minutes after microinjection of PP19 and labeling with antibodies against dynamin. (A2) Free clathrin-coated vesicle found in the injected synapse shown in A1, but here at high magnification. (B) TEM image of a periactive zone in a control, non-injected synapse stimulated at 5 Hz and labeled with antibodies against dynamin. (C–F) TEM images of CCPs from stimulated synapses in axons microinjected with PP19 and labeled with antibodies against dynamin (C) and endophilin (E) and in stimulated control axons labeled with the same antibodies (D and F, respectively). (G) Bar graph showing an accumulation of CCPs in synapses injected with PP19 as compared with control synapses (P<0.001, Student's t-test; n=6–8 synapses). (H) Bar graph showing dynamin and endophilin labeling in the lower area of CCPs in synapses injected with PP19 and stimulated at 5 Hz for 20 minutes compared with that of stimulated control synapses from the same preparation. (I) Bar graph showing dynamin labeling in the upper area of CCPs in synapses injected with PP19 and stimulated at 5 Hz for 20 minutes compared with that of stimulated control synapses from the same preparation (*P<0.05, Student's t-test; n=35 CCPs). Bars in (G,H,I) represent means ± s.e.m. Scale bars: 50 nm (A2,C–F); 200 nm (A1,B).

Fig. 3.

Endophilin and dynamin colocalize in the region proximal to the coat of elongated constricted necks induced by GTPγS. (A) Schematic illustration of areas 1 (‘I’) and 2 (‘II’) of the CCP neck defined for quantifications of antibody labeling. (B) TEM image of a constricted CCP in the periactive zone of a synapse injected with GTPγS and stimulated at 5 Hz for 20 minutes. Note the presence of dense rings (arrowheads). (C,D) and (E,F) Electron micrographs of the CCPs labeled with antibodies against endophilin and dynamin, respectively. Areas ‘I’ and ‘II’ are marked by dashed lines. (G) Bar graph showing the number of gold particles labeling endophilin, dynamin and amphiphysin in the two regions defined in (A). Bars represent means ± s.e.m. (***P<0.001, Student's t-test; n=35 CCPs). Scale bar: 50 nm (B–F).

Blocking endophilin SH3 domain interactions in a living synapse perturbs the assembly of an endophilin–dynamin complex

To invesatigate in vivo how blocking of endophilin SH3 domain interactions affects the assembly of the endophilin–dynamin complex, which promotes fission in intact synapses, we microinjected GTPγS into lamprey giant axons in the presence of PP19. GTPγS, microinjected alone (n=10), strongly blocks endocytosis at the fission step. Numerous constricted coated pits with long necks decorated with protein spirals are observed at the periactive zone of these synapses (Fig. 6A1,2,D).

In three isolated spinal cord preparations, PP19 and GTPγS were microinjected into the same axon at distances of 200 μm to 2 mm from each other, as shown in Fig. 6C. The distance between the two injection sites was adjusted to allow analysis of each compound at separate sites (which served as a control) and to achieve mixing of the two compounds to investigate the effect of the double-injection in the same axon. To monitor the diffusion of the reagents within the axon, Texas Red was added as an injection marker. Extracellular stimulation at 5 Hz was initiated to induce cycling of synaptic vesicles. PP19 was injected first, to block selectively interactions of the endophilin SH3 domain, followed by stimulation at 5 Hz to increase the number of accumulated constricted coated pits at periactive zones before introduction of GTPγS (Farsad et al., 2001), which was injected 10 minutes after the onset of stimulation. The stimulation was maintained for an additional 20 minutes before fixation. For controls, neighboring axons were microinjected with Texas Red alone or Texas Red and GTPγS to allow comparison of the morphology of endocytic intermediates at the same distance from the site of injection in the same spinal cord preparation (Fig. 6A; supplementary material Fig. S2F). Ultrastructural analysis of clathrin-coated intermediates was performed at the site of injection of each compound (Fig. 6C, ‘area 1’ and ‘area 2’) and at several levels (up to eight) where PP19 and GTPγS mixed (Fig. 6C, ‘area 3’). Fig. 6B1–4 shows the effects of double-injection of PP19 and GTPγS. A massive accumulation of constricted CCPs with short necks is observed (Fig. 6D,E). This is in clear contrast to adjacent axons microinjected with GTPγS alone at the same level (‘area 3’), where only long necks decorated by dynamin spirals were found (Fig. 6A). Thus, the average neck length of the CCPs is significantly lower in PP19–GTPγS double-injected axons as compared with the ones found in axons injected with GTPγS alone, as well as in control non-injected axons (Fig. 6E). Thin spirals, as compared with those observed in control non-injected axons, are occasionally detected at high magnification decorating the short necks (Fig. 6B4, arrow). These spirals are also thinner than the ones induced by GTPγS alone (Fig. 3B and Fig. 6A2). We also found that the amount of dynamin detectable at these necks is reduced by 84% (1.9±0.24 vs 0.3±0.12 gold particles per lower CCP area, in control synapses compared with synapses in axons injected with PP19 and GTPγS; mean ± s.e.m., n=35 CCPs, P<0.001). Moreover, free clathrin-coated vesicles, observed in PP19-only microinjected synapses, are no longer present, suggesting that PP19 and GTPγS together completely blocked synaptic vesicle recycling at the fission step. Injection of Texas Red alone has no effect on the ultrastructure of stimulated synapses (supplementary material Fig. S2E vs Fig. S2F).

Fig. 4.

Ultrastructural characterization of the endophilin–dynamin complex in vitro. (A,H) TEM images of PS liposomes tubulated by endophilin and dynamin and visualized by negative staining (A) and cryo-EM (H). (B,C) Stereo pair of TEM images of CCPs taken at ± 4° tilts from synapses injected with GTPγS and stimulated at 5 Hz. (D,I) High magnifications of endophilin–dynamin-decorated PS tubes in negative stain (D) and vitreous ice (I). Note the regular arrangement of the protein complex and its structural similarity to the protein complex assembled on the neck of a constricted CCP (E, arrows). (F,J) TEM images of dynamin-decorated PS tubes in negative stain (F) and vitreous ice (J). Note that the diameter of the protein–lipid tube in F and J is larger than the one shown in D and I. (G,K) TEM images of tubulated PS liposomes decorated by endophilin visualized by negative stain (G) and cryo-EM (K). (L) Measurements of protein tube diameter (d), tube lumen diameter (l) and protein spiral pitch (p), measured in protein–lipid tubes embedded in amorphous ice quantified in the bar graph shown in (M). Note the statistically significant difference in each case between dynamin-decorated tubes and tubes decorated with dynamin and endophilin (***P<0.001, Student's t-test; n=100 tubes). (N,O) Electron micrographs of PS liposomes decorated by endophilin–dynamin spirals and labeled with antibodies against endophilin and dynamin, respectively. Scale bars: 100 nm (A,H); 50 nm (B,C); 50 nm (D–G,I–K,N,O).

These experiments further indicate that endophilin recruits dynamin to the CCP neck and that the assembly of an endophilin–dynamin complex is a crucial step in the fission reaction in a living synapse.


Our experiments show that, in living synapses, endophilin 1 is one of the proteins selectively recruited to the neck of clathrin-coated vesicles during recycling of synaptic vesicles. The inhibition of endophilin SH3-domain interactions by PP19 reduces the amount of dynamin at the neck and inhibits budding of synaptic vesicles. This further implies that the dynamin–endophilin interaction is of functional importance at this location. PP19 also inhibits the formation of CCPs with elongated necks in the presence of GTPγS. Instead, an accumulation of constricted CCPs with short necks is observed in these synapses. Also, no free clathrin-coated vesicles were found, which is indicative of a complete block of fission. Taken together, these data indicate that endophilin and dynamin are important players in the membrane budding-reaction in synapses.

Fig. 5.

Endophilin–dynamin complex formation facilitates recruitment of dynamin to liposomes. (A,B) TEM images of PS:PC liposomes decorated by dynamin alone (A) or decorated with endophilin and dynamin in negative stain (B). (C,D) TEM images of total-brain-lipid plus 10% PIP2 liposomes (BTLEPIP2) decorated with dynamin (C) or endophilin–dynamin complexes (D). Note an increase in the number of tubules in (B) and (D) compared with A, and C. (E,F) Electron micrographs of PS:PC liposomes in the presence of endophilin and dynamin (E) and following addition of 300 μM PP19 (F). Note the gaps in the decoration exposing naked liposomes (arrows). (G) TEM image of PS liposomes in the presence of endophilin and ΔPRD-dynamin. Note the absence of well-ordered complexes seen in (E). (H) Bar graph shows the increase in the amount of dynamin (expressed as a percentage) in the pellet fraction after mixing with PS:PC or BTLEPIP2 in the absence (white bars) and presence of endophilin (black bars). (I) Bar graph shows reduction in the amount of dynamin (expressed as a percentage) in the pellet fraction after mixing with PS:PC or BTLEPIP2 and endophilin (black bars) in the absence and presence of PP19 (grey bars) and following deletion of its PRD (hatched bar). Bars show means ± s.e.m. (*P<0.05, **P<0.01, Student's t-test; n=8 experiments for PS:PC and 2 for BTLEPIP2). Scale bars: 500 nm (A–D), 50 nm (E–G).

The organization of the endophilin–dynamin interaction at the neck of the CCPs seems to be dictated by endophilin. Our experiments show that endophilin localizes in the synaptic vesicle pool at rest and accumulates in the periactive zone during recycling of synaptic vesicles (Shupliakov, 2009). Endophilin is probably recruited to CCPs by means of its BAR domain (Andersson et al., 2010; Ringstad et al., 1999). Recent studies in non-neuronal cells have shown that formation of an actin matrix around CCPs is required for efficient endophilin recruitment (Ferguson et al., 2009). Interestingly, a number of endophilin-interacting proteins – for example, CD2AP or CIN85 (Ferguson et al., 2009) and oligophrenin-1 (Nakano-Kobayashi et al., 2009) – interact with the actin cytoskeleton, suggesting that endophilin might be guided to the periactive zone by one of these proteins as the actin matrix assembles. The role of the endophilin BAR domain seems to be unique. Supporting this, Drosophila endophilin-null mutants cannot be rescued with endophilin constructs containing F-BAR domains of other proteins or the N-BAR domain of amphiphysin (Jung et al., 2010).

Table 1.

Endophilin and dynamin lipid binding and tubulation

Fig. 6.

PP19 prevents the formation of elongated necks decorated with dynamin-containing spirals induced by GTPγS. (A) Control TEM image of the periactive zone of a reticulospinal synapse from an axon microinjected with GTPγS and Texas Red (see panel C, ‘axon 3’, ‘area 3’). Coated pits with elongated necks decorated by spirals are seen accumulated in the periactive zone. (A2) High-magnification image of a constricted coated pit with an elongated neck from the synapse shown in A1. Note the thick spiral. (B) Electron micrograph of the periactive zone of a reticulospinal synapse injected with both PP19 and GTPγS (see panel C, ‘axon 1’, ‘area 3’). Note the accumulation of CCPs with short necks in the periactive zone (B1,2). (B3) TEM image illustrating dynamin immunogold labeling of constricted CCPs with short necks in a synapse injected with PP19 and GTPγS. (B4,5) High-magnification images of constricted coated pits with short necks from the synapse shown in (B1) (arrow indicates a thin spiral). (C) Schematics of the microinjection experiment. The zone ‘area 1’ (blue) delineates the PP19 microinjection site, and ‘area 2’ (yellow) delineates the GTPγS microinjection site. The region ‘Area 3’ (green) marks where the two compounds mixed in the axon that was microinjected with both compounds. Control axons were injected with either PP19 (‘axon 2’) or GTPγS (‘axon 3’). (D) Bar graph showing the number of CCPs in the periactive zones of synapses microinjected with PP19, GTPγS, PP19 plus GTPγS or non-injected control axons stimulated at 5 Hz. Values are normalized to the length of the active zone. (E) Bar graph showing the length of necks of CCPs from the synapses described in (D). Statistical significance of differences between means ± s.e.m. was determined by a Student's t-test (**P<0.01, ***P<0.001; n=35 CCPs). Scale bars: 200 nm (A1,B1,B3), 50 nm (A2,B4,B5), 500 nm (B2).

The interaction between endophilin and dynamin results in the formation of a complex, which can be visualized as a spiral at the bottom of the coat after microinjection of GTPγS. The organization of this protein spiral has strong similarities with the complex between endophilin 1 and dynamin 1 observed in vitro. To form this complex, the interaction between the endophilin SH3 domain and the dynamin PRD is required, as perturbations of this interaction both in vitro and in situ reduce dynamin recruitment to lipid templates and to presynaptic membranes in living synapses, respectively.

Fig. 7.

Schematic illustrating the proposed function of the endophilin–dynamin interaction at the neck of CCPs during synaptic vesicle recycling. Dynamin and endophilin are recruited to different regions of the coated pit. Endophilin induces curvature of the neck and serves as a template for dynamin. An endophilin–dynamin fission complex forms at the base of the coat. This complex promotes recruitment of dynamin to the neck, which results in GTP-mediated fission. The presence of PP19 blocks the dynamin binding sites on endophilin, preventing formation of the complex and efficient recruitment of dynamin, resulting in perturbation of fission (dashed arrow).

In vitro studies have shown that the endophilin–dynamin complex is stable after addition of GTP (Farsad et al., 2001). This stable complex might form a non-constrictable spiral, similar to the one formed by Rvs proteins in budding yeast, which precedes the fission reaction (Liu et al., 2009). Imaging and molecular modeling experiments suggest that, in budding yeast, fission is triggered by lipid phase separation achieved by hydrolysis of PIP2 driven by the phosphatase sjl2 (synaptojanin-like protein 2), which enhances curvature, and the assembly of the actin cytoskeleton (Liu et al., 2009). Although it cannot be excluded that hydrolysis of PIP2 might promote fission during recycling of synaptic vesicles, there is strong evidence that dynamin plays the major role (Ferguson et al., 2009). Dynamin depletion in non-neuronal cells results in the formation of coated pits with elongated necks decorated with spirals containing endophilin and actin (Ferguson et al., 2009). In these cells, fission cannot occur in the presence of the phosphatase synaptojanin, thus supporting the idea that regulation of fission in eukaryotic cells is more complex than in yeasts (Conibear, 2010).

Endophilin is not the only protein that might recruit synaptojanin in nerve terminals. It has been shown recently that one mechanism of synaptojanin recruitment to the clathrin coat in neurons involves intersectin 1, and the binding of synaptojanin to intersectin is regulated by the adaptor protein complex AP2 (Pechstein et al., 2010). This allows for a possible synaptojanin–endophilin interaction, which is crucial for efficient uncoating of synaptic vesicles, to occur directly after fission, following disassembly of the endophilin–dynamin complex. Further studies are needed, however, to verify this hypothesis.

How might the formation of a non-constrictable complex of endophilin–dynamin promote fission in synapses? Spontaneous polymerization of dynamin can be initiated on tubes with radii ranging between 10 and 30 nm, but not on larger tubes (Roux et al., 2009). We show that the diameter of the endophilin–dynamin-decorated lipid tube is within this range. In the presence of endophilin, dynamin is efficiently recruited to lipid templates, including total brain lipids, which allows us to propose a model for the sequence of events leading to fission of the neck of CCPs in vertebrate synapses (Fig. 7): endophilin accumulates at the base of the coat, where it serves as a template for dynamin. Together, they assemble into a ‘pre-fission complex’. This complex shapes the lipid neck to an average inner diameter of 8.1 nm (3.8–14.8 nm) and brings the neck to the hemi-fission state (Lenz et al., 2009). More dynamin is recruited to the neck and oligomerizes into a ‘constrictable’ spiral. The smaller diameter of the pre-fission complex might accelerate membrane fission by conformational changes in the constrictable dynamin spiral below the pre-fission complex. The pre-fission complex might also function as a template for rapid spiral disassembly. Synaptojanin, recruited after, or possibly during, the fission reaction might compete with dynamin for binding to endophilin and thus aid the disassembly of the pre-fission complex.

Materials and Methods


Full-length cDNA encoding human neuronal dynamin (dynamin-1) (obtained from A. van der Bliek, UCLA, CA) was subcloned into the pBlueBac baculovirus expression vector (Invitrogen) and expressed in TN5-JE cells [modified from Warnock et al. (Warnock et al., 1995)]. Cells were harvested 48 hours after infection, pelleted and frozen in liquid nitrogen before purification. Cell pellets were thawed in 25 ml of HCB100 (20 mM HEPES (pH 7.2), 2 mM EGTA, 1 mM MgCl2, 100 mM NaCl) with protease inhibitor cocktail (Roche), calpain inhibitor (85 μl) and 25 μl of pefabloc (4-2-amioethyl benzenesulfonyl fluoride hydrochloride, Sigma, 100 mg/ml). Cells were broken open by nitrogen cavitation at ~3400 kPa for 25 minutes in a cold room, and centrifuged at 20,000 g in a 70.1 Ti rotor for 1 hour at 4°C. Supernatant was collected and saturated by adding ammonium sulfate (in HCB100) drop-wise while stirring until a concentration of 35% (ammonium sulfate) was reached. The solution was incubated for 1 hour at 4°C before centrifugation at 10,000 g for 15 minutes at 4°C. The ammonium sulfate pellet was resuspended in 30 ml HCB50 and centrifuged at 8000 g for 10 minutes to remove aggregates. The supernatant was applied to a High Q ion exchange column, washed with HCB50 followed by HCB100 and eluted with HCB250. The peak fractions were pooled, loaded onto a HAP column, washed with HCB250 until flow-through reached baseline, washed with 200 mM KH2PO4 (pH 7.2), and protein was eluted in 400 mM KH2PO4. Peak fractions were pooled, pefabloc was added and aliquots were frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at −80°C. ΔPRD-dynamin construct, obtained from Sandy Schmid (The Scripps Research Institute, CA), was produced by introducing a stop codon at residue 751 into the wild-type dynamin sequence. The construct was cloned into the pBlueBac baculovirus expression vector (Invitrogen), expressed and purified from TN5-JE cells as described above for full-length dynamin.

pGEX-2 constructs of rat full-length endophilin or its SH3 domain were received from Volker Haucke. Full-length endophilin was subcloned into the pGEX-6P-2 vector before both constructs were transformed into competent Escherichia coli Bl21(DE3) cells (Invitrogen). The cells were plated onto 100 μg/μl ampicillin plates and incubated at 37°C overnight. Colonies were resuspended in 5 ml LB media with 100 μg/μl ampicillin and grown at 37°C overnight on a shaker. The bacteria suspension was diluted 1:100 in YTG media with 10% glucose and 100 μg/ml ampicillin and grown at 37°C with O2 until the OD590 was 0.6–0.8. Isopropyl β-d-1-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG; 0.1–0.3 mM) was added and the cells were grown for another 1.5 hours at 30°C. The suspension was centrifuged at 5500 g for 10 minutes. Cell pellets were frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at −80°C. Cell pellets were thawed and resuspended in 40 ml PBS with a protease inhibitor cocktail (Sigma). The suspension was frozen in liquid nitrogen and thawed twice before sonication at 4°C. 1% Tween-20 was added, and the suspension was incubated at 4°C for 30 minutes on a shaker following centrifugation at 18,000 g for 30 minutes. Supernatant was filtered and applied to a 1 ml Fastflow GST column (GE Healthcare). The column was washed with PBS until baseline OD280 level was regained. GST-endophilin or GST-SH3 domain of endophilin was eluted in 10 mM glutathione in 50 mM Tris, pH 8. The GST-tag was cleaved with Prescission protease enzyme (GE Healthcare) according to the manufacturer's instructions. Protein was aliquoted, frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at −80°C.

Antibodies and reagents

All lamprey antibodies were protein A and affinity purified and stored in stocks at concentrations of 1–2 mg/ml. Antibodies against lamprey dynamin GTPase domain (Evergren et al., 2007; Evergren et al., 2004) were diluted 1:100 in blocking solution containing 1% BSA and 1% HSA in Tris–PBS (pH 7.2) for electron microscopy and 1:10,000 for western blotting. Antibodies against the lamprey endophilin SH3 domain, rat endophilin and synaptojanin have been characterized previously and were diluted 1:100 for electron microscopy and 1:1000 for western blotting (Andersson et al., 2010; Gad et al., 2000; Ringstad et al., 1999). Antibodies against lamprey intersectin SH3 A–C and C–E domains (Evergren et al., 2007) were diluted 1:100 in blocking solution for electron microscopy and 1:1700 for western blotting. Antibodies against the E-domain of lamprey synapsin and monoclonal antibodies against the D-domain of rat synapsin (Synaptic Systems cat. # 106-001) were diluted 1:3000 and 1:2000 in 0.3% Tween–TBS, respectively. Goat anti-rabbit secondary antibodies conjugated to 5 nm colloidal gold particles (GE Healthcare) were diluted 1:50 in TPBS. HRP-conjugated goat anti-rabbit or -mouse secondary antibodies (Invitrogen) were diluted 1:10,000 in 0.1–0.3% Tween–TBS.

PP19 (VAPPARPAPPQRPPPPSGA), C-PP19 (CVAPPARPAPPQRPPPPSGA) and PP15 (CPPPQVPRPNRAPPG) peptides were purchased from Sigma Genosys. Powder was dissolved in 1% TFA in H2O, lyophilized for 2 hours at room temperature and aliquots stored at 4°C. For injections, aliquots were dissolved in injection buffer (250 mM potassium acetate, 100 mM HEPES, pH 7.4) to a final concentration of 30 mM in the electrode. GTPγS (Roche) was dissolved in 10 mM Texas Red (Sigma) in injection buffer to a final concentration of 30 mM in the electrode.

Microinjection experiments

Lampreys (Lampetra fluviatilis) were kept in aquaria at 4°C. All animals were treated according to the Swedish Animal Welfare Act (SFS 1988: 534), as approved by the Local Animal Research Committee of Stockholm. All efforts were made to minimize animal suffering and to reduce the number of animals used.

Microinjections into axons of isolated lamprey spinal cords were performed as described previously (Evergren et al., 2007). For double-injections of PP19 and GTPγS, four giant reticulospinal axons were injected in the same preparation (n=4) with PP19 followed by stimulation at 5 Hz for 10 minutes, during which time GTPγS was injected into the same four axons (injected by PP19). GTPγS was injected at a site isolated from the site of PP19 injection, more rostral in the spinal cord preparation (Fig. 6C). For controls, neighboring axons were injected with PP19, GTPγS or Texas Red, or double injected with GTPγS–PP19 and Texas Red. For ultrastructural analysis of the effect of the injected compounds on the synapses, spinal cord preparations were fixed during stimulation and embedded in Durcupan ACM resin (Fluka), as described previously (Evergren et al., 2007; Evergren et al., 2004). For pre-embedding immunogold labeling (see below), injected preparations were fixed during stimulation in 0.5% glutaraldehyde, 3% paraformaldehyde, in 0.1 M cacodylate buffer for 4 hours at 4°C.

Immunogold labeling

For pre-embedding immunogold labeling, after fixation, spinal cord preparations were washed in 0.1 M cacodylate buffer, and axons were cut longitudinally using a vibratome (Leica) to expose synaptic periactive zones to antibodies (Evergren et al., 2007). Blocking solution (1% BSA–1% HSA in Tris–PBS) was added for 30 minutes to block nonspecific antibody binding. Specimens were incubated with primary antibodies: anti-dynamin, anti-endophilin, anti-amphiphysin and anti-intersectin (A-E), anti-synaptojanin and secondary antibody overnight at 4°C with agitation. Specimens were washed in Tris–PBS, post-fixed in 3% glutaraldehyde in 0.1 M cacodylate buffer for 1 hour at 4°C, washed in 0.1 M cacodylate buffer for 1 hour at 4°C, stained in 1% osmium tetroxide for 1 hour at 4°C, stained en bloc in 2% uranyl acetate, dehydrated in increasing concentrations of alcohol and embedded in Durcupan. For post-embedding immunogold labeling, specimens were embedded in LR Gold resin (Fluka), sectioned onto mesh grids and stained with primary anti-endophilin antibodies and secondary antibodies conjugated to 5 nm gold particles (Amersham Bioscience), as described previously (Evergren et al., 2004).

EM analysis of lamprey synapses

Serial ultrathin (70–120 nm) sections were put onto Formvar-coated copper–rubidium slot grids (EMS) and stained with uranyl acetate and lead citrate. Sections were analyzed and photographed in a Technai 12 electron microscope (FEI) at 80 kV. The effects of microinjections were analyzed in 25–60 synapses in each injected axon at various distances from the site of injection. The number of synaptic vesicles and CCPs was quantified from three middle sections of five synapses at the level of maximum effect in each case. The numbers were normalized to the length of the active zone (Gustafsson et al., 2002). Stereo pairs were assembled from images collected at ±4°.

NIH Image J software was used for measurements. Quantifications of gold particles were performed in the axoplasm in the region 15 nm from the presynaptic membrane in the periactive zone (in a stretch of 500 nm from the active zone) and outside synaptic regions, and in the axoplasmic matrix 500 μm2 lateral to the active zone and outside the synaptic region. Densities of gold particles were calculated as gold particles/μm2. At least 35 randomly selected clathrin-coated intermediates were used for statistical analysis in each experiment. Lower and upper areas of constricted CCPs were defined as shown in Fig. 1. Ratios between these values were used to compare changes in the distribution of gold particles in different labeling experiments. A two-sided Student's t-test was used to compare means.

Protein-lipid tube formation

Stock solutions 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-(phospho-l-serine) (PS; Avanti Polar Lipids cat. # 840035), 1-acyl-2-acyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PC; Avanti Polar Lipids cat. # 850375), PtdIns(4,5)P2 (PIP2; Avanti Polar Lipids cat. # 840046) and brain total lipid extract (BTLE; Avanti Polar Lipids cat. # 131101), 1,2-dioctanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphate (PI4; Avanti Polar Lipids cat. # 850182) and 2-(4,4-difluoro-5,7-dimethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene-3-pentanoyl)-1-hexadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (β-BODIPY; Invitrogen cat. # 3793) were mixed (w/v), dried using argon or nitrogen gases and incubated in a vacuum desiccator overnight before rehydration in HCB150 (with gentle shaking for 20 minutes at room temperature). All rehydrated lipids were stored at 4°C and all stocks solutions at −20°C. The following liposome preparations were made: (1) 100% PS, (2) 10% PIP2 and 90% PS, (3) 70% PC and 30% PS, (4) 70% PC and 30% PS with β-BODIPY added at a final concentration of 0.06 mg/ml, (5) 10% PIP2 and 90% BTLE. Liposomes were used directly, or after extrusion through 0.4 μm polycarbonate filters using a mini lipid extruder (Avanti Polar Lipids).

Light microscopy and electron microscopy analysis of protein–lipid tubes

Proteins were added at a concentration range of 0.1–0.2 mg/ml (mixed together or separately) to liposomes, and the protein–lipid solution was incubated for 1–120 minutes at room temperature. For fluorescence microscopic analysis of protein mixtures, liposome preparation #4 (see above) was used. Protein–lipid tubes were prepared as described above, transferred onto glass slides and analyzed in a fluorescence microscope (Zeiss Axioplan 2). For electron microscopy analysis, carbon-coated copper mesh grids (200 mesh, EMS), with or without a nitrocellulose supporting film, were put on droplets of protein–lipid solution for 1 minute before negative staining in 1% uranyl acetate. Protein–lipid tube structures were observed and photographed at 80 kV in a Tecnai 12 or at 100 kV in a CM120 electron microscope. NIH Image J software was used to quantify the number of protein–lipid tubes, their diameter and the pitch of the protein helix. One hundred randomly selected tube segments were measured in each case. A two-sided Student's t-test was used to compare means.

Immunogold labeling of endophlin–dynamin lipid tubes

Protein–lipid tubes made as previously described were absorbed onto grids and incubated on droplets of blocking solution (1% BSA in HCB100) for 30 minutes at 4°C. Grids were transferred to droplets of primary antibody against dynamin or endophilin and incubated for 2 hours at 4°C. Grids were washed in HCB100 and incubated on droplets of secondary antibody for another 2 hours at 4°C before washing and staining with 1% in uranyl acetate.


Vitrified samples were prepared in a Vitrobot (FEI) at a relative humidity of 85%. Samples were applied to plasma-cleaned (Fishione) holey-carbon grid (Quantifoil). Samples were blotted, immediately plunged into liquid ethane and stored in liquid nitrogen before imaging in the electron microscope. Images were acquired on a Philips CM12 (FEI), operated at 100 kV, using a Gatan 791 Multiscan CCD camera with the Digital Micrograph software package.

Lipid binding assays

Proteins were spun down separately before mixing with liposomes to remove aggregates before mixing with lipids. Protein–lipid samples (prepared as described above) were centrifuged at 200,000 g for 1 hour at room temperature in an ultracentrifuge (Beckman) or in an Airfuge ultracentrifuge (Beckman) at top speed for 60 minutes at room temperature. Supernatant was removed and mixed 1:1 in sample buffer (200 mM Tris–HCl, 4% SDS, 16% glycerol, 0.01% bromophenol blue, pH 6.8). Pellets were resuspended in 2× sample buffer. Samples were boiled, analyzed by SDS-PAGE and stained with Coomassie. Protein band intensities were quantified using Adobe Photoshop CS3 software. The amount of dynamin in the pellet was calculated as a percentage of the total protein content in the sample. Dynamin and endophilin were mixed together in the absence of lipids, and less than 10% of dynamin and less than 7% of endophilin were found in the pellet fraction (n=3). Thus, dynamin–endophilin complex formation in solution could not contribute significantly to the increase of dynamin in the pellet fraction observed when lipids were added.

Crosslinking and gel filtration

Endophilin was incubated with 1 mM crosslinker DSP [dithiobis(succinimidyl propionate), Thermo Scientific/Pierce Biotechnology) dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), or equal volume of DMSO in the presence and absence of increasing concentrations of PP19. The reaction was quenched after 40 minutes at room temperature with sample buffer, and the samples were analyzed by SDS-PAGE. FPLC analysis was carried out using a Superdex 200 HR 10/30 column (GE Healthcare) in HBS (150 mM NaCl, 10 mM HEPES HBS, pH 7.5) buffer.

Competition experiment

GST–fusion protein constructs of the lamprey SH3 A-E domain of intersectin [amino acids 740–1064; amino acid numbering of lamprey intersectin here corresponds to that of human intersectin 1L; GenBank accession number NP003015] , lamprey amphiphysin [GenBank accession number AAT45899] and lamprey endophilin [GenBank accession number AF304353] were generated, using the c vector (GE Healthcare). GST–fusion proteins were coupled to glutathione sepharose (GE Healthcare) and incubated with a 10% lamprey brain detergent extract in buffer A (10 mM HEPES buffer, pH 7.4, 100 mM KCl, 2 mM MgCl2, and 1% Triton X-100) plus Pefablock (Sigma), E-64, bestatin, leupeptin and aprotinin (Sigma) or 1 mM PMSF and 10–300 μM PP19 for 1–2 hours at 4°C on a rotating wheel. Samples were washed three times with buffer A and three times with buffer A without Triton X-100, eluted with sample buffer and analyzed by SDS-PAGE, followed by detection with antibodies against dynamin, synaptojanin and synapsin.

Pull-down experiment

PP19 peptide was bound to SulfoLink beads (Pierce), as directed by the manufacturer, and incubated subsequently with 10% lamprey brain extract in buffer B (20 mM HEPES pH 7.4, 150 mM KCl, 10 mM EDTA, 5 mM MgCl2, 0.5% Triton X-100) for 2 hours at 4°C on a rotating wheel. The supernatant was removed and beads were resuspended in fresh brain extract. Samples from both pull-downs were washed four times with PBS, eluted with sample buffer and analyzed by SDS-PAGE, followed by detection with antibodies against endophilin, amphiphysin and intersectin.


This study was supported by the Swedish Research Council grants 13473 and 20587, Linné Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Wallenberg's Stiftelse and Hjärnfonden (O.S.); Intramural NIDDK, NIH (J.E.H.). A.S. received stipends and support from KI-NIH exchange program and Fernström's Stiftelse. We thank V. Haucke for endophilin constructs, N. Tomilin for help with electron microscopy, Peter Löw and Arndt Pechstein, Karolinska Institutet, for expert advice and comments, and Pampa Ray, NIH, for help with the purification of dynamin. Deposited in PMC for release after 12 months.


  • Accepted September 20, 2010.


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