The focus of our laboratory is the regulation of apical membrane traffic in polarized epithelial cells. The highly selective delivery of a subset of newly synthesized proteins and lipids to the apical plasma membrane is necessary for maintaining the transport and barrier functions of epithelial tissues. We are interested in unraveling the mechanisms by which proteins are selected for apical delivery, incorporated into vesicular carriers, and targeted to the appropriate membrane. Current projects in the laboratory address various aspects of this highly complex process and include dissecting the biosynthetic trafficking routes of apical proteins, understanding glycan dependent apical sorting mechanisms, and determining the roles of phosphatidylinositol kinases in biosynthetic and postendocytic membrane traffic.
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