Fast steps in exocytosis and endocytosis studied by capacitance measurements in endocrine cells

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1996 Jun;6(3):350-7. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(96)80119-x.


The past year has witnessed progress in identifying late steps in exocytosis that are so short-lived as to be difficult to study biochemically. Recent studies have also revealed a novel and surprisingly fast mechanism of endocytosis that may be triggered by a rise in the intracellular concentration of Ca2+ and that retrieves exocytosed membrane in seconds.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Clathrin / physiology
  • Coated Pits, Cell-Membrane / physiology
  • Dynamins
  • Electric Conductivity
  • Endocrine Glands / cytology
  • Endocrine Glands / physiology*
  • Endocytosis*
  • Exocytosis*
  • GTP Phosphohydrolases / physiology
  • Humans
  • Intracellular Membranes / metabolism
  • Time Factors


  • Clathrin
  • GTP Phosphohydrolases
  • Dynamins
  • Calcium