The Golgi apparatus at the cell centre

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2003 Feb;15(1):60-6. doi: 10.1016/s0955-0674(02)00013-3.


In non-polarised mammalian cells, the Golgi apparatus is localised around the centrosome and actively maintained there. Microtubules and molecular motor activity are required for determining both the localisation and organisation of the Golgi apparatus. Other factors, however, also appear necessary for regulating both the static steady-state distribution of this organelle and its relationship with microtubule minus-end-anchoring activities of the centrosome. Several non-motor microtubule-binding proteins have now been found to be associated with the Golgi apparatus. Recent advances suggest that, in addition to important roles in cell motility, polarisation and differentiation, the interplay between Golgi apparatus and centrosome could participate in other physiological processes such as intracellular signalling, mitosis and apoptosis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Centrosome / metabolism*
  • Centrosome / ultrastructure
  • Eukaryotic Cells / metabolism*
  • Eukaryotic Cells / ultrastructure
  • Golgi Apparatus / metabolism*
  • Golgi Apparatus / ultrastructure
  • Humans
  • Microtubule Proteins / metabolism
  • Microtubules / metabolism*
  • Microtubules / ultrastructure
  • Molecular Motor Proteins / physiology
  • Protein Binding / physiology
  • Signal Transduction / physiology


  • Microtubule Proteins
  • Molecular Motor Proteins