Special Issue "Membrane Transport and Cytoskeleton Dynamics"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membranes in Life Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Cinzia Progida
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Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, 0316 Oslo, Norway
Interests: membrane trafficking; rab proteins; endocytosis; cell migration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Communication between different membrane-enclosed compartments, as well as with the extracellular environment, is ensured by a complex system of trafficking pathways that transport proteins and other molecules via carrier vesicles along the cytoskeleton. The dynamic cytoskeleton also provides shape, rigidity, and motility to eukaryotic cells and their membranes. More recently, it has also been demonstrated that membranes and membrane-associated proteins can in turn affect cytoskeleton dynamics to carry out several functions. This joint coordination of cytoskeletal dynamics and membrane transport is at the basis of a plethora of functions, including cell motility and cell division, which influence physiological and pathological processes such as development, wound healing, immunity, and cancer.

This Special Issue of Membranes, “Membrane Transport and Cytoskeleton Dynamics”, invites contributions in the form of either original research articles or reviews on different aspects related to the function and regulation of the cytoskeleton and membrane compartments, and how these systems function in concert to control various cellular processes in health and diseases.

Assoc. Prof. Cinzia Progida
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Membrane trafficking
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Cell migration
  • Organelles
  • Small GTPases

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Macropinocytosis in Different Cell Types: Similarities and Differences
Membranes 2020, 10(8), 177; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes10080177 - 03 Aug 2020
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Macropinocytosis is a unique pathway of endocytosis characterised by the nonspecific internalisation of large amounts of extracellular fluid, solutes and membrane in large endocytic vesicles known as macropinosomes. Macropinocytosis is important in a range of physiological processes, including antigen presentation, nutrient sensing, recycling [...] Read more.
Macropinocytosis is a unique pathway of endocytosis characterised by the nonspecific internalisation of large amounts of extracellular fluid, solutes and membrane in large endocytic vesicles known as macropinosomes. Macropinocytosis is important in a range of physiological processes, including antigen presentation, nutrient sensing, recycling of plasma proteins, migration and signalling. It has become apparent in recent years from the study of specialised cells that there are multiple pathways of macropinocytosis utilised by different cell types, and some of these pathways are triggered by different stimuli. Understanding the physiological function of macropinocytosis requires knowledge of the regulation and fate of the macropinocytosis pathways in a range of cell types. Here, we compare the mechanisms of macropinocytosis in different primary and immortalised cells, identify the gaps in knowledge in the field and discuss the potential approaches to analyse the function of macropinocytosis in vivo. Full article
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