MadSci Network: Cell Biology

Re: What is/are the basic differences between pinocytosis and phagocytosis?

Date: Thu Sep 30 10:38:19 1999
Posted By: Dmitri Leonoudakis, Grad student, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Neuroscience Research Institute
Area of science: Cell Biology
ID: 938427914.Cb

The major difference between pinocytosis and phagocytosis is that
pinocytosis involes the cellular uptake by plasma membrane envelopment of
mainly water and the molecules dissolved in it.  Phagocytosis refers to the
cellular engulfment of solid particles such as bacteria.


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