Membrane nanotubes: Dynamic long-distance connections between animal cells

Daniel M. Davis, Stefanie Sowinski

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    Membrane nanotubes are transient long-distance connections between cells that can facilitate intercellular communication (for example, by trafficking vesicles or transmitting calcium-mediated signals), but they can also contribute to pathologies (for example, by directing the spread of viruses). Recent data have revealed considerable heterogeneity in their structures, processes of formation and functional properties, in part dependent on the cell types involved. Despite recent progress in this young research field, further research is sorely needed. © 2008 Nature Publishing Group.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)431-436
    Number of pages5
    JournalNature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2008


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