Sorting nexins provide diversity for retromer-dependent trafficking events

Nat Cell Biol. 2011 Dec 22;14(1):29-37. doi: 10.1038/ncb2374.


Sorting nexins are a large family of evolutionarily conserved phosphoinositide-binding proteins that have fundamental roles in orchestrating cargo sorting through the membranous maze that is the endosomal network. One ancient group of complexes that contain sorting nexins is the retromer. Here we discuss how retromer complexes regulate endosomal sorting, and describe how this is generating exciting new insight into the central role played by endosomal sorting in development and homeostasis of normal tissues.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism*
  • Endosomes / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Protein Transport
  • Sorting Nexins / metabolism*
  • trans-Golgi Network / metabolism*


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Sorting Nexins