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EndosomeEarly endosome

Definition

Early endosomes form a tubulovesicular network spread throughout the cortical cytoplasm of the cell. Early endosomes are the primary sorting station in the endocytic pathway from which endocytosed molecules can be recycled back to the cell membrane or targeted to degradation in the lysosomes. Loaded by endocytosed molecules in 1 to 4 minutes, their acidic luminal pH around 6.0 allows ligand release from recycling receptors.

Category

› Cellular component

GOi

early endosome [ GO:0005769 ]
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