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Traffic. 2014 Mar;15(3):338-46. doi: 10.1111/tra.12147.

Systems dynamics in endocytosis.

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Institut de Biologie Valrose, CNRS UMR7277, INSERM 1091, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France.


The endocytic system acts at the crossroads of different cellular activities to play a central role in the regulation of cell signaling and membrane dynamics. An European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) conference held in October 2013 in Villars-sur-Ollon gathered researchers from all over the world to present their latest findings on the endolysosomal system and identify major challenges for the future. The conference covered the entire spectrum of research in this rapidly evolving field ranging from the cellular mechanics of endocytosis to the role of proteins and lipids in the biogenesis and function of endolysosomal organelles and the analysis of higher order system properties in multicellular contexts. In particular, the meeting highlighted current efforts to complement the insights that can be gained by biochemical and cell biological approaches with the use of quantitative biophysics, systems biology and animal model systems to achieve an integrated view of the properties of the endomembrane system and its role in cellular information processing.


endocytosis; lipids; membrane dynamics; signaling; systems biology

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