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Cell. 1986 Jul 18;46(2):171-84.

A new type of coated vesicular carrier that appears not to contain clathrin: its possible role in protein transport within the Golgi stack.


Isolated Golgi membranes incubated in the presence of ATP and a cytosolic protein fraction form a population of coated buds or vesicles from the Golgi cisternae. The coats do not have the characteristic hexagonal-pentagonal basketwork of clathrin, and do not react with anti-clathrin polyclonal antibody. The conditions that produce these apparently nonclathrin-coated buds also reconstitute protein transport between compartments of the Golgi stack. The membrane of the buds contains the glycoprotein in transit through these Golgi stacks (VSV-encoded G protein). This suggests that protein transport through the Golgi stack is mediated by a new type of coated vesicle that does not contain clathrin. The concentration of G protein in the coated buds reflects the local concentration of G protein in the cisternae, raising the possibility that the Golgi coated vesicles may be "bulk" membrane carriers.

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