Evolutionary origins and specialisation of membrane transport

Joel B. Dacks, Mark C. Field (Lead / Corresponding author)

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From unicellular protists to the largest megafauna and flora, all eukaryotes depend upon the organelles and processes of the intracellular membrane trafficking system. Well-defined machinery selectively packages and delivers material between endomembrane organelles and imports and exports material from the cell surface. This process underlies intracellular compartmentalization and facilitates myriad processes that define eukaryotic biology. Membrane trafficking is a landmark in the origins of the eukaryotic cell and recent work has begun to unravel how the revolution in cellular structure occurred.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cell Biology
Early online date19 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


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