The cellular roles of molecular motors in fungi

Trends Microbiol. 2000 Apr;8(4):162-8. doi: 10.1016/s0966-842x(00)01720-0.


Motors are molecular machines that move their cargo along F-actin or microtubules. Fungal representatives of myosin, kinesin and dynein motors support many cellular processes including polar growth, cell division and mitosis. Recent progress in understanding their cellular roles has revealed common principles. However, it has become obvious that fungi have also developed diverse strategies to cope with long-distance organelle transport.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Endocytosis
  • Exocytosis
  • Extrachromosomal Inheritance
  • Fungi / cytology*
  • Fungi / genetics
  • Fungi / metabolism*
  • Microtubules / metabolism
  • Mitosis / genetics
  • Molecular Motor Proteins / metabolism*
  • RNA, Fungal / genetics
  • RNA, Fungal / metabolism
  • Recombination, Genetic


  • Molecular Motor Proteins
  • RNA, Fungal