A cisternal maturation mechanism can explain the asymmetry of the Golgi stack.

Morphological data suggest that Golgi cisternae form at the cis-face of the stack and then progressively mature into trans-cisternae. However, other studies indicate that COPI vesicles transport material between Golgi cisternae. These two observations can be reconciled by assuming that cisternae carry secretory cargo through the stack in the anterograde… CONTINUE READING