Randy Schekman: Protein Secretion and Vesicle Trafficking

I. Studying Protein Secretion in Yeast
II. Biochemical Reconstitution of Transport Vesicle Budding
III. Human Diseases of Vesicle Budding

Part II: Biochemical Reconstitution of Transport Vesicle Budding

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Lecture Overview
Protein secretion is executed by a cellular pathway involving the delivery of membrane and soluble secretory proteins in vesicles that capture newly-synthesized proteins assembled in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and sorted in the Golgi apparatus. Vesicles fuse with the plasma membrane resulting in the discharge of soluble molecules to the cell exterior and integration of vesicle membrane proteins and lipids in the cell surface. Baker’s yeast cells grow by vesicle fusion and secretion at the tip of the daughter bud. A genetic dissection of this process was performed with temperature sensitive conditional mutants blocked at one of several stations in the secretory pathway.  More >>

Speaker Bio
Dr. Randy Schekman is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He studied the enzymology of DNA replication as a graduate student with Arthur Kornberg at Stanford University. His current interest in cellular membranes developed during a postdoctoral period with S. J. Singer at the University of California, San Diego. At Berkeley, he developed a genetic and biochemical approach to the study of eukaryotic membrane traffic.   More >>

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