GSBS Student Publications

Title

Exorcising the exocyst complex

Student Author(s)

Margaret R. Heider

GSBS Program

Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Date

7-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology

Abstract

The exocyst complex is an evolutionarily conserved multisubunit protein complex implicated in tethering secretory vesicles to the plasma membrane. Originally identified two decades ago in budding yeast, investigations using several different eukaryotic systems have since made great progress toward determination of the overall structure and organization of the eight exocyst subunits. Studies point to a critical role for the complex as a spatiotemporal regulator through the numerous protein and lipid interactions of its subunits, although a molecular understanding of exocyst function has been challenging to elucidate. Recent progress demonstrates that the exocyst is also important for additional trafficking steps and cellular processes beyond exocytosis, with links to development and disease. In this review, we discuss current knowledge of exocyst architecture, assembly, regulation and its roles in a variety of cellular trafficking pathways.

DOI of Published Version

10.1111/j.1600-0854.2012.01353.x

Source

Traffic. 2012 Jul;13(7):898-907. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0854.2012.01353.x. Epub 2012 Apr 8. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Journal Title

Traffic (Copenhagen, Denmark)

PubMed ID

22420621

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