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Endocytosis, Exocytosis & Vesicle Traffic in Plants

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Series: Society for Experimental Biology Seminar Series

Edited By: CR Hawes, JOD Coleman and DE Evans

252 pages, Illus, figs, tabs, SEMs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Nov 1991 | #82920 | ISBN: 0521381088
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About this book

The transport of macromolecules in membrane bounded vesicles is a fundamental process of all eukaryotic cells. The paths taken by this vesicular traffic have been intensively researched in animal cells but are less well characterised in plant cells. Nevertheless, with the development of and combination of techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology, progress in the study of plant vesicle traffic has been achieved in recent years. This book attempts to highlight the recent advances made and to explore avenues for future research. The book opens with a general overview of vesicular traffic both in animal and plant cells. This is followed by a more detailed consideration of higher plant coated vesicles, endocytosis, exocytosis and mechanisms of vesicle traffic and transport in cells. The biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology of each is considered and particular attention is given to those specialised cell systems in which vesicle traffic is of particular importance. This book brings together expertise from a wide range of research disciplines involved in the study of vesicle traffic in plants, and, as such, provides a unique synthesis from which the research can move forward. It will be of general interest to those involved in the study of vesicle traffic in both plant and animal cells.

...well produced and edited and the illustrations are generally both abundant and excellent. The book is a good source for those wanting to find out what is currently known, and what remains to be uncovered, about endocytosis and exocytosis in plants. J. Paul Knox, BSCB Newsletter


1. An introduction to vesicle traffic in eukaryotic cells; 2. Ultrastructural cytology of the endocytotic pathway in plants; 3. The molecular structure of plant clathrin and coated vesicles; 4. Isolation and characterisation of plant coated vesicles; 5. Fluid-phase endocytosis and the subcellular distribution of fluorescent probes in higher plants; 6. Behaviour of the plasma membrane during osmotic excursions; 7. Vesicle dynamics and membrane turnover in plant cells; 8. Vesicle transport to the vacuole and the central role of the Golgi apparatus; 9. Secretion of hydrolases from cereal aleurone cells; 10. Organisation of the secretory pathway of cell wall glycoproteins and complex polysaccharides in plant cells; 11. Exocytosis in gland cells; 12. New direction for membrane traffic.

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