Recycling endosomes

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2015 Aug:35:117-22. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2015 May 27.


The endosomal membrane recycling system represents a dynamic conduit for sorting and re-exporting internalized membrane constituents. The recycling system is composed of multiple tubulovesicular recycling pathways that likely confer distinct trafficking pathways for individual cargoes. In addition, elements of the recycling system are responsible for assembly and maintenance of apical membrane specializations including primary cilia and apical microvilli. The existence of multiple intersecting and diverging recycling tracks likely accounts for specificity in plasma membrane recycling trafficking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Transport
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Cell Polarity
  • Endocytosis
  • Endosomes / chemistry
  • Endosomes / metabolism*
  • Humans