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J Microsc. 2012 Jul;247(1):68-77. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2012.03620.x. Epub 2012 May 17.

Tales of tethers and tentacles: golgins in plants.

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  • Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. a.osterrieder@brookes.ac.uk


As plant Golgi bodies move through the cell along the actin cytoskeleton, they face the need to maintain their polarized stack structure whilst receiving, processing and distributing protein cargo destined for secretion. Structural proteins, or Golgi matrix proteins, help to hold cisternae together and tethering factors direct cargo carriers to the correct target membranes. This review focuses on golgins, a protein family containing long coiled-coil regions, summarizes their known functions in animal cells and highlights recent findings about plant golgins and their putative roles in the plant secretory pathway.

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