Endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRTs) execute the biogenesis of late endosomal multivesicular bodies (MVBs). The ESCRT pathway has traditionally been viewed as a means by which transmembrane proteins are degraded in vacuoles/lysosomes. More recent studies aimed at understanding the broader functions of ESCRTs have uncovered unexpected links with pathways that control cellular metabolism. Central to this communication is TORC1, the kinase complex that controls many of the catabolic and anabolic systems. The connection between TORC1 activity and ESCRTs allows cells to quickly adapt to the stress of nutrient limitations until the longer-term autophagic pathway is activated. Increasing evidence also points to ESCRTs regulating RNA interference (RNAi) pathways that control translation.
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