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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2002 Apr;3(4):256-66.

Megalin and cubilin: multifunctional endocytic receptors.

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  • 1Department of Cell Biology, University of Aarhus, University Park, Building 234, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.eic@ana.au.dk; hb@ana.au.dk


The ability to take up substances from the surrounding environment not only provides cells with vital nutrients, but also enables the selective transport of substances from one compartment to another. Megalin and cubilin are two structurally different endocytic receptors that interact to serve such functions. Evidence has accumulated in recent years to indicate that these receptors have important functions in both normal physiology and pathology.

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