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large pleiomorphic carriers

Tuesday 14 February 2006

There are two main classes of traffic intermediates that operate in intracellular trafficking pathways: small round vesicles (SRVs), and large pleiomorphic carriers (LPCs).

While both are essential, the large pleiomorphic carriers (LPCs) appear to be responsible for moving the bulk of the secretory traffic between distant compartments.

LPCs are much larger and more variable in shape than vesicles, and they have evident interconnected tubular and saccular/cisternal components.

LPCs appear to form by en bloc extrusion and cleavage of large membrane areas of the donor organelle.


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