A deep understanding of ttie physiology and biophysics of fusion - and its disease relevance - requires a broad and comprehensive approach and relies heavily upon interdisciplinary approaches honed from a decade of studies of the mechanism of viral envelope fusion. These technologies - cell and molecular biology, surface force/adhesion biophysics, and optical imaging.
The specific aims ofthe initial application covered four aspects of SNARE induced fusion: 1) SNARE distribution, mobility, and lateral interactions within the plane ofthe membrane. 2) Adhesive and molecular forces between SNAREs - determinants of transition states and the energetic. 3) Penultimate states of SNARE fusion: capturing the SNAREpin just before lipid-mixing, with a specific focus on the interplay between lipid structure and protein assembly. 4) Protein and lipidic determinants of fusion kinetics and pore formation.

Public Health Relevance

This broad and comprehensive approach to elucidating the mechanism of intracellular membrane fusion by SNARE proteins will deepen our understanding ofthe physiology and biophysics effusion - and its key roles in diabetes.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Type
Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award (R37)
Project #
5R37DK027044-37
Application #
8280410
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (NSS)
Program Officer
Haft, Carol R
Project Start
1991-09-30
Project End
2014-06-30
Budget Start
2012-07-01
Budget End
2014-06-30
Support Year
37
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$671,580
Indirect Cost
$253,057
Name
Yale University
Department
Anatomy/Cell Biology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
043207562
City
New Haven
State
CT
Country
United States
Zip Code
06520
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