The impact of cytoskeletal organization on the local regulation of neuronal transport

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2017 Oct;18(10):585-597. doi: 10.1038/nrn.2017.100. Epub 2017 Aug 31.


Neurons are akin to modern cities in that both are dependent on robust transport mechanisms. Like the best mass transit systems, trafficking in neurons must be tailored to respond to local requirements. Neurons depend on both high-speed, long-distance transport and localized dynamics to correctly deliver cargoes and to tune synaptic responses. Here, we focus on the mechanisms that provide localized regulation of the transport machinery, including the cytoskeleton and molecular motors, to yield compartment-specific trafficking in the axon initial segment, axon terminal, dendrites and spines. The synthesis of these mechanisms provides a sophisticated and responsive transit system for the cell.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Transport*
  • Cytoskeleton / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological
  • Molecular Motor Proteins / metabolism*
  • Neurons / metabolism*


  • Molecular Motor Proteins