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Biochem Soc Trans. 2010 Jun;38(3):761-7. doi: 10.1042/BST0380761.

Biogenesis of the plant Golgi apparatus.

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  • 1School of Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK.


It has long been assumed that the individual cisternal stacks that comprise the plant Golgi apparatus multiply by some kind of fission process. However, more recently, it has been demonstrated that the Golgi apparatus can be experimentally disassembled and the reformation process from the ER (endoplasmic reticulum) monitored sequentially using confocal fluorescence and electron microscopy. Some other evidence suggests that Golgi stacks may arise de novo in cells. In the present paper, we review some of the more recent findings on plant Golgi stack biogenesis and propose a new model for their growth de novo from ER exit sites.

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