Role of membrane traffic in the generation of epithelial cell asymmetry

Apodaca, G., Gallo, L. I. and Bryant, D. M. (2012) Role of membrane traffic in the generation of epithelial cell asymmetry. Nature Cell Biology, 14(12), pp. 1235-1243. (doi: 10.1038/ncb2635)

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Epithelial cells have an apical-basolateral axis of polarity, which is required for epithelial functions including barrier formation, vectorial ion transport and sensory perception. Here we review what is known about the sorting signals, machineries and pathways that maintain this asymmetry, and how polarity proteins interface with membrane-trafficking pathways to generate membrane domains de novo. It is becoming apparent that membrane traffic does not simply reinforce polarity, but is critical for the generation of cortical epithelial cell asymmetry.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bryant, Dr David
Authors: Apodaca, G., Gallo, L. I., and Bryant, D. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Nature Cell Biology
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1476-4679

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