The significance of molecular slips in transport systems

Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2002 Nov;3(11):876-81. doi: 10.1038/nrm955.


The advantage of precision in biological processes is obvious; however, in many cases, deviations from the faithful mechanisms occur. Here, we discuss how in-built operating imperfections in transport systems can actually benefit a cell.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / metabolism*
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism
  • Ion Transport*


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases