I read with interest the Hot Papers section in your Feb. 6, 1995, issue [page 17]. In particular, I was delighted to see coverage of a paper applying biophysical techniques to cell biological questions (E. Neher, R.S. Zucker, Neuron, 10:21-3, 1993). Nevertheless, I was a little surprised that in your discussion of the recovery of secretory vesicle membrane you failed to cite the first study to define, both quantitatively and kinetically, secretory vesicle membrane retrieval using these techniques (P. Thomas et al., Journal of Cell Biology, 124:667-675, 1994). This work extended earlier real-time studies of the secretory process using the same techniques (P. Thomas et al., EMBO Journal, 12:303-6, 1993; P. Thomas et al., Neuron, 11:93-104, 1993).

Paul Thomas
Department of Human Physiology
School of Medicine
University of California
Davis, Calif. 95616

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!
Already a member?