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Caption: Intestinal cells release enzyme-laden vesicles into the gut lumen from the tips of their microvilli (red circles) through the action of the motor protein myosin-1a. These lumenal vesicles may function to process nutrients and protect against bacterial infection.
Credit: McConnell, R.E., et al. 2009. J. Cell Biol. doi:10.1083/jcb.200902147.
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