Membrane Fusion in Eukaryotic Cells

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▪ Abstract Membrane fusion is a fundamental biochemical reaction and the final step in all vesicular trafficking events. It is crucial for the transfer of proteins and lipids between different compartments and for exo- and endocytic traffic of signaling molecules and receptors. It leads to the reconstruction of organelles such as the Golgi or the nuclear envelope, which decay into fragments during mitosis. Hence, controlled membrane fusion reactions are indispensible for the compartmental organization of eukaryotic cells; for their communication with the environment via hormones, neurotransmitters, growth factors, and receptors; and for the integration of cells into multicellular organisms. Intracellular pathogenic bacteria, such as Mycobacteria or Salmonellae, have developed means to control fusion reactions in their host cells. They persist in phagosomes whose fusion with lysosomes they actively suppress—a means to ensure survival inside host cells. The past decade has witnessed rapid progress in the el...

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