Coated vesicles in plant cells

Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2007 Aug;18(4):471-8. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2007.07.005. Epub 2007 Jul 10.


Coated vesicles represent vital transport intermediates in all eukaryotic cells. While the basic mechanisms of membrane exchange are conserved through the kingdoms, the unique topology of the plant endomembrane system is mirrored by several differences in the genesis, function and regulation of coated vesicles. Efforts to unravel the complex network of proteins underlying the behaviour of these vesicles have recently benefited from the application in planta of several molecular tools used in mammalian systems, as well as from advances in imaging technology and the ongoing analysis of the Arabidopsis genome. In this review, we provide an overview of the roles of coated vesicles in plant cells and highlight salient new developments in the field.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / physiology*
  • Arabidopsis / ultrastructure
  • Biological Transport, Active
  • Clathrin / physiology
  • Coat Protein Complex I / physiology
  • Coated Vesicles / physiology*
  • Plant Proteins / physiology*


  • Clathrin
  • Coat Protein Complex I
  • Plant Proteins