Bidirectional intracellular transport: Utility and mechanism

Amber L. Jolly, Vladimir I. Gelfand*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Bidirectional transport of intracellular cargo along microtubule tracks is the subject of intense debate in the motility field. In the present review, we provide an overview of the models describing the possible mechanisms driving intracellular saltatory transport, taking into account current experimental results that may at first seem contradictory. We examine the phenomenon of saltatorymotion, in an attempt to interpret the mechanistic debate in terms of the utility of saltatory motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1126-1130
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical Society transactions
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Bidirectional intracellular transport
  • Cargo transport
  • Dynein
  • Kinesin
  • Microtubule cytoskeleton
  • Myosin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry

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