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Mechanisms of Exocytosis

Edited by Edited by Robert Zorec (Institute of Pathophysiology, University of Ljubljani, Slovenia), Nina Vardjan (Celica Biomedical Center, LCI and Institute of Pathophysiology, University of Ljubljani, Slovenia) and Helena H. Chowdhury (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
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Mechanisms of Exocytosis

Published: January 2009

Volume 1152

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Exocytosis, a universal process of eukaryotic cells consisting of the fusion between the vesicle and the plasma membrane, is an important topic in cell biology, physiology, biophysics, biochemistry, and many other disciplines. The understanding of this rather complex process is essential for the understanding of the normal function of unicellular and multicellular organisms in both animal and plant kingdoms as well as in pathological conditions. We now have a long list of key proteins involved in exocytosis in a number of cell types, but we still have to strive to find a consensus about a mechanism or mechanisms that describe the interplay of key players in functional terms.