Regulated exocytosis: New organelles for non-secretory purposes

Evelina Chieregatti, Jacopo Meldolesi

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Regulated exocytosis is a process in which the membranes of cytoplasmic organelles fuse with the plasma membrane in response to stimulation. In many cases (secretory exocytoses), the process functions to secrete specific products that are segregated in the organelle lumen (for example, neurotransmitters, hormones and enzymes) to the extracellular space. In other cases ('non-secretory exocytoses'), it functions to transfer the organelle membrane and its components to the cell surface. Here, the general properties of non-secretory exocytoses are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalNature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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