Family of phosphoproteins associated with synaptic vesicles and implicated in control of release.

Synapsin Ia (84 kD) and Ib (80 kD) are alternatively spliced variants as are synapsins IIa (74 kD) and IIb (55 kD). Can be phosphorylated by several protein kinases. Thought to be involved in regulation of neurotransmitter release at synapses.

(10 Jan 1998)

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