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Calcium Binds Dynamin I and Inhibits Its GTPase Activity


Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Jun-Ping Liu at Baker Medical Research Institute, P.O. Box 348, Prahran, Victoria, 3181, Australia.


Abstract: Synaptic vesicle recycling is a neuronal specialization of endocytosis that requires the GTPase activity of dynamin I and is triggered by membrane depolarization and Ca2+ entry. To establish the relationship between dynamin I GTPase activity and Ca2+, we used purified dynamin I and analyzed its interaction with Ca2+ in vitro. We report that Ca2+ bound to dynamin I and this was abolished by deletion of dynamin's C-terminal tail. Phosphorylation of dynamin I by protein kinase C promoted formation of a dynamin I tetramer and increased Ca2+ binding to the protein. Moreover, Ca2+ inhibited dynamin I GTPase activity after stimulation by phosphorylation or by phospholipids but not after stimulation with a GST-SH3 fusion protein containing the SH3 domain of phosphoinositide 3-kinase. These results suggest that in resting nerve terminals, phosphorylation of dynamin I by protein kinase C converts it to a tetramer that functions as a Ca2+-sensing protein. By binding to Ca2+, dynamin I GTPase activity is specifically decreased, possibly to regulate synaptic vesicle recycling.