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Detached membrane bending

Cells use various protein complexes to remodel membrane-bound organelles. In vitro reconstitution of the activity of one such complex, ESCRT-III, shows that it promotes membrane bending in an unconventional way.

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Figure 1: Membrane-deformation events within the cell.
Figure 2: ESCRT-III and membrane curvature.


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Barelli, H., Antonny, B. Detached membrane bending. Nature 458, 159–160 (2009).

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