Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS

, Volume 63, Issue 16, pp 1823–1832 | Cite as

The cellular functions of clathrin

  • S. J. RoyleEmail author


Membranes and proteins are moved around the cell in small vesicles. A protein coat aids the budding of such vesicles from donor membranes. The major type of coat used by the cell is composed of clathrin, a three-legged protein that can form lattice-like coats on membranes destined for trafficking. In this review, I outline what we know about clathrin and discuss some recent advances in understanding the basic biology of this fascinating molecule, which include building a molecular model of a clathrin lattice and discovery of a new function for clathrin that occurs during mitosis.


Adaptor cancer clathrin dynamin endocytosis mitosis TIRFM 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MRC Laboratory of Molecular BiologyCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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