Membrane remodeling in clathrin-mediated endocytosis

Volker Haucke, Michael M. Kozlov

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Clathrin-mediated endocytosis is an essential cellular mechanism by which all eukaryotic cells regulate their plasmamembrane composition to control processes ranging from cell signaling to adhesion, migration and morphogenesis. The formation of endocytic vesicles and tubules involves extensive protein-mediated remodeling of the plasma membrane that is organized in space and time by protein- protein and protein-phospholipid interactions. Recent studies combining high-resolution imaging with genetic manipulations of the endocytic machinery and with theoretical approaches have led to novel multifaceted phenomenological data of the temporal and spatial organization of the endocytic reaction. This gave rise to various - often conflicting - models as to how endocytic proteins and their association with lipids regulate the endocytic protein choreography to reshape the plasma membrane. In this Review, we discuss these findings in light of the hypothesis that endocytic membrane remodeling may be determined by an interplay between protein-protein interactions, the ability of proteins to generate and sense membrane curvature, and the ability of lipids to stabilize and reinforce the generated membrane shape through adopting their lateral distribution to the local membrane curvature.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberjcs216812
JournalJournal of Cell Science
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018


  • BAR domain proteins
  • Clathrin
  • Endocytosis
  • Membrane curvature
  • Membrane remodeling
  • Vesicle

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cell Biology


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