Cellular traffic cops: the interplay between lipids and proteins regulates vesicular formation, trafficking, and signaling in mammalian cells.

Current opinion in biotechnology

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Kumar A, Baycin-Hizal D, Zhang Y, Bowen MA, Betenbaugh MJ. Cellular traffic cops: the interplay between lipids and proteins regulates vesicular formation, trafficking, and signaling in mammalian cells. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2015;36215-221.
Protein secretion and vesicular trafficking in mammalian cells rely on several key lipids including sphingolipids, phospholipids, and neutral lipids crucial to protein processing and other intracellular events. Proteins interact with these lipids to alter the shape of lipid bilayer, thereby playing a pivotal role in cellular sorting. Although some efforts have elucidated the role of these components, extensive studies are needed to further decipher the protein-lipid interactions along with the effect of membrane curvature and rafts in sorting of proteins. The regulatory role of proteins in subcellular localization and metabolism of lipids also needs to be described. Recent studies on the role of lipid-protein interactions in modulating membrane shape, signal transduction, and vesicular trafficking are presented in this review.