Cargo transport: molecular motors navigate a complex cytoskeleton

Jennifer L. Ross, M. Yusuf Ali, David M. Warshaw

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Intracellular cargo transport requires microtubule-based motors, kinesin and cytoplasmic dynein, and the actin-based myosin motors to maneuver through the challenges presented by the filamentous meshwork that comprises the cytoskeleton. Recent in vitro single molecule biophysical studies have begun to explore this process by characterizing what occurs as these tiny molecular motors happen upon an intersection between two cytoskeletal filaments. These studies, in combination with in vivo work, define the mechanism by which molecular motors exchange cargo while traveling between filamentous tracks and deliver it to its destination when going from the cell center to the periphery and back again.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cell Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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