The protein machinery of vesicle budding and fusion

Protein Sci. 1996 Feb;5(2):185-94. doi: 10.1002/pro.5560050201.

Abstract

A general protein machinery that buds and fuses transport vesicles is harnessed to generate the complex web of intracellular transport pathways critical for such diverse processes as cell growth, endocytosis, hormone release, and neurotransmission. With this appreciation, the challenge of understanding the precise molecular mechanisms of these many facets of cell biology has been reduced to a series of problems in protein structure and chemistry.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • ADP-Ribosylation Factors
  • Animals
  • Biological Transport / physiology*
  • Carrier Proteins / physiology
  • Coatomer Protein
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / metabolism
  • GTP-Binding Proteins / physiology
  • Golgi Apparatus / metabolism
  • Guanosine 5'-O-(3-Thiotriphosphate) / pharmacology
  • Guanosine Triphosphate / physiology
  • Intracellular Membranes / metabolism*
  • Lipid Bilayers / metabolism
  • Membrane Fusion
  • Membrane Proteins / physiology
  • Organelles / metabolism
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • R-SNARE Proteins
  • Soluble N-Ethylmaleimide-Sensitive Factor Attachment Proteins
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins*

Substances

  • Carrier Proteins
  • Coatomer Protein
  • Lipid Bilayers
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Proteins
  • R-SNARE Proteins
  • Soluble N-Ethylmaleimide-Sensitive Factor Attachment Proteins
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins
  • Guanosine 5'-O-(3-Thiotriphosphate)
  • Guanosine Triphosphate
  • GTP-Binding Proteins
  • ADP-Ribosylation Factors