COP I-coated vesicles were analyzed for their content of resident Golgi enzymes (N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase; N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase I; mannosidase II; galactosyltransferase), cargo (rat serum albumin; polyimmunoglobulin receptor), and recycling proteins (-KDEL receptor; ERGIC-53/p58) using biochemical and morphological techniques. The levels of these proteins were similar when the vesicles were prepared under interphase or mitotic conditions showing that sorting was unaffected. The average density relative to starting membranes for resident enzymes (14-30%), cargo (16-23%), and recycling proteins (81-125%) provides clues to the function of COP I vesicles in transport through the Golgi apparatus.

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