Anderson, Richard G. W. Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
Last reviewed:December 2019
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The process by which animal cells internalize particulate material (such as cellular debris and microorganisms), macromolecules (such as proteins and complex sugars) and low-molecular-weight molecules (such as vitamins and simple sugars). The size difference among these different nutrient sources requires cells to develop a hierarchical plan for endocytosis. Thus, cells engage in at least three different types of endocytosis: phagocytosis, where cells engulf particulate material; receptor-mediated endocytosis of macromolecules; and potocytosis of small molecules.
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