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Cell projectionphagocytic cup


Cup-shaped invaginations of the cell membrane that subsequently close at their distal margins to form phagosomes during phagocytosis. By progression of its rim along the particle surface, this phagocytic cup envelops and eventually encloses the particle by separation of the phagosome membrane from the cell membrane. Filamentous actin accumulates between the outer and inner leaflet of the cup membrane and is most strongly enriched at the rim of the cup, the site of its protrusion.



› Cellular component


phagocytic cup [ GO:0001891 ]