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Trends Cell Biol. 1996 Aug;6(8):315-20.

Principles of selective transport: coat complexes hold the key.

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Dept of Cell Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10666 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.


The transport of protein through the secretory pathway of eukaryotic cells relies on small vesicular carriers, which mediate the movement of cargo between different compartments. Here, Meir Aridor and Bill Balch summarize what is currently known about the role of the cytosolic coat complexes in directing the formation and selective composition of vesicular carriers, and propose that a selective-transport model should now form the basis for study of membrane traffic in the secretory pathway.


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