KIF3A is a new microtubule-based anterograde motor in the nerve axon

  title={KIF3A is a new microtubule-based anterograde motor in the nerve axon},
  author={Shintaro Kondo and Reiko Sato-Yoshitake and Yasuko Noda and Hiroyuki Aizawa and Takao Nakata and Yoshiharu Matsuura and Nobutaka Hirokawa},
  journal={The Journal of Cell Biology},
  pages={1095 - 1107}
Neurons are highly polarized cells composed of dendrites, cell bodies, and long axons. Because of the lack of protein synthesis machinery in axons, materials required in axons and synapses have to be transported down the axons after synthesis in the cell body. Fast anterograde transport conveys different kinds of membranous organelles such as mitochondria and precursors of synaptic vesicles and axonal membranes, while organelles such as endosomes and autophagic prelysosomal organelles are… CONTINUE READING
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