Motors and membrane traffic

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1997 Feb;9(1):18-28. doi: 10.1016/s0955-0674(97)80147-0.


The cytoskeleton is essential for the proper function of many components of secretory and endocytic pathways, and the importance both of microtubule motors (kinesins and dyneins) and of actin motors (myosins) in these pathways is becoming apparent. Recent experiments have improved our understanding of which members of these motor protein families are involved in membrane traffic. Multiple motors are probably involved in the control of the morphology and dynamics of many membranes, and intriguing hints about how these motors are coordinated are appearing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Transport / physiology
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Dyneins / chemistry
  • Dyneins / metabolism*
  • Kinesin / chemistry
  • Kinesin / metabolism*
  • Myosins / chemistry
  • Myosins / metabolism*


  • Myosins
  • Dyneins
  • Kinesin