Membrane contact sites (MCSs) are areas of close apposition between the membranes of two different organelles that enable non-vesicular transfer of ions and lipids. Recent studies reveal that mitochondria maintain contact sites with organelles other than the endoplasmic reticulum such as the vacuole, plasma membrane and peroxisomes. This review focuses on novel findings achieved mainly in yeast regarding tethers, function and regulation of mitochondria–organelle contact sites. The emerging network of MCSs linking virtually all cellular organelles is highly dynamic and integrated with cellular metabolism.
Review Article| April 13 2017
Mitochondria–organelle contact sites: the plot thickens
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Yael Elbaz-Alon; Mitochondria–organelle contact sites: the plot thickens. Biochem Soc Trans 15 April 2017; 45 (2): 477–488. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BST20160130
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