Endosome maturation

EMBO J. 2011 Aug 31;30(17):3481-500. doi: 10.1038/emboj.2011.286.


Being deeply connected to signalling, cell dynamics, growth, regulation, and defence, endocytic processes are linked to almost all aspects of cell life and disease. In this review, we focus on endosomes in the classical endocytic pathway, and on the programme of changes that lead to the formation and maturation of late endosomes/multivesicular bodies. The maturation programme entails a dramatic transformation of these dynamic organelles disconnecting them functionally and spatially from early endosomes and preparing them for their unidirectional role as a feeder pathway to lysosomes.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • ADP-Ribosylation Factor 1 / metabolism
  • Autophagy / physiology
  • Coat Protein Complex I / metabolism
  • Endocytosis / physiology*
  • Endosomes / metabolism*
  • Endosomes / ultrastructure
  • Exosomes / metabolism
  • GTP Phosphohydrolases / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Lysosomes / metabolism
  • Lysosomes / ultrastructure
  • rab GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism


  • Coat Protein Complex I
  • GTP Phosphohydrolases
  • ADP-Ribosylation Factor 1
  • rab GTP-Binding Proteins