The ability to repair surface wounds is a property, necessary for long-term survival, expressed to various extents by all eukaryotic cell types except erythrocytes. The process is based on the rapid Ca2+-induced exocytosis of various types of specific organelles, such as lysosomes and enlargeosomes, that decreases surface tension and makes possible the spontaneous fusion of lipid monolayers at the lesion edges. The recognized importance of the process in physiology and in several cases of pathology is discussed.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2003|
- Membrane repair
- Membrane surface tension
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)