Nanotubular Highways for Intercellular Organelle Transport

@article{Rustom2004NanotubularHF,
  title={Nanotubular Highways for Intercellular Organelle Transport},
  author={Amin Rustom and Rainer Saffrich and Ivanka Markovic and Paul Walther and Hans-Hermann Gerdes},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={303},
  pages={1007 - 1010}
}
Cell-to-cell communication is a crucial prerequisite for the development and maintenance of multicellular organisms. To date, diverse mechanisms of intercellular exchange of information have been documented, including chemical synapses, gap junctions, and plasmodesmata. Here, we describe highly sensitive nanotubular structures formed de novo between cells that create complex networks. These structures facilitate the selective transfer of membrane vesicles and organelles but seem to impede the… 

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