Golgi architecture and inheritance

Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 2002;18:379-420. doi: 10.1146/annurev.cellbio.18.030602.133733. Epub 2002 Apr 2.


Golgi inheritance proceeds via sequential biogenesis and partitioning phases. Although little is known about Golgi growth and replication (biogenesis), ultrastructural and fluorescence analyses have provided a detailed, though still controversial, perspective of Golgi partitioning during mitosis in mammalian cells. Partitioning requires the fragmentation of the juxtanuclear ribbon of interconnected Golgi stacks into a multitude of tubulovesicular clusters. This process is choreographed by a cohort of mitotic kinases and an inhibition of heterotypic and homotypic Golgi membrane-fusion events. Our model posits that accurate partitioning occurs early in mitosis by the equilibration of Golgi components on either side of the metaphase plate. Disseminated Golgi components then coalesce to regenerate Golgi stacks during telophase. Semi-intact cell and cell-free assays have accurately recreated these processes and allowed their molecular dissection. This review attempts to integrate recent findings to depict a more coherent, synthetic molecular picture of mitotic Golgi fragmentation and reassembly. Of particular importance is the emerging concept of a highly regulated and dynamic Golgi structural matrix or template that interfaces with cargo receptors, Golgi enzymes, Rab-GTPases, and SNAREs to tightly couple biosynthetic transport to Golgi architecture. This structural framework may be instructive for Golgi biogenesis and may encode sufficient information to ensure accurate Golgi inheritance, thereby helping to resolve some of the current discrepancies between different workers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Compartmentation / genetics*
  • Coat Protein Complex I / metabolism
  • Enzymes / metabolism
  • Eukaryotic Cells / enzymology*
  • Eukaryotic Cells / ultrastructure
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic / genetics
  • Golgi Apparatus / enzymology*
  • Golgi Apparatus / ultrastructure
  • Humans
  • Intracellular Membranes / enzymology*
  • Intracellular Membranes / ultrastructure
  • Mitosis / physiology*


  • Coat Protein Complex I
  • Enzymes