Current views on endocytosis in filamentous fungi. Academic Article uri icon


  • Filamentous fungi grow by adding cell wall and membrane exclusively at the apex of tubular structures called hyphae. Growth was previously believed to occur only through exocytosis at the Spitzenkrper, an organised body of secretory macro- and microvesicles found only in growing hyphae. More recent work has indicated that an area deemed the sub-apical collar is enriched for endocytosis and is also required for hyphal growth. It is now generally believed that polarity of filamentous fungi is achieved through the balancing of the processes of endocytosis and exocytosis at these two areas. This review is an update on the current progress and understanding surrounding the occurrence of endocytosis and its spatial regulation as they pertain to growth and pathogenicity in filamentous fungi.

published proceedings

  • Mycology

author list (cited authors)

  • Commer, B., & Shaw, B. D.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Commer, Blake||Shaw, Brian D

publication date

  • January 2020