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Traffic. 2006 Jul;7(7):761-8.

Toward the systems biology of vesicle transport.

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Department of Medical Genetics, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Child and Family Research Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Systems biology aims to study complex biological processes, such as intracellular traffic, as a whole. Systematic genome-wide assays have the potential to identify the transport machinery, delineate pathways and uncover the molecular components of physiological processes that influence trafficking. A goal of this approach is to create predictive models of intracellular trafficking pathways that reflect these relationships. In this review, we highlight current genome-wide technologies of particular relevance to vesicle transport and describe recent applications of these technologies in the framework of systems biology. Systems approaches hold great promise for placing trafficking pathways in their cellular contexts.

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