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Charles K. Barlowe, PhD

Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

College of William & Mary, B.S. 1983
University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. 1990

Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Programs


Contact Information:

Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7200
Hanover NH 03755

Office: Remsen 414
Phone: 650-6516

Professional Interests:

Our current focus is on molecular mechanisms of protein and lipid trafficking between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the Golgi complex in. Several of the genes involved in this process have been identified and their function may be assessed in cell-free assays that reproduce transport. Through a combined genetic and biochemical approach, the mechanisms underlying secretory cargo selection and vesicle budding from the ER as well as vesicle targeting and fusion with the Golgi complex are under study. This intracellular transport step is essential for cellular function and our studies are basic for understanding numerous health related issues including cholesterol regulation, cystic fibrosis and diabetes.

Selected Publications:


The Golgin protein Coy1 functions in intra-Golgi retrograde transport and interacts with the COG complex and Golgi SNAREs.
Anderson NS, Mukherjee I, Bentivoglio CM, Barlowe C
Mol Biol Cell. 2017 Aug 9; pii: mbc.E17-03-0137. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E17-03-0137. Epub 2017 Aug 9.
PMID: 28794270

Cargo Capture and Bulk Flow in the Early Secretory Pathway.
Barlowe C, Helenius A
Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 2016 Oct 6;32:197-222. Epub 2016 Jun 8.
PMID: 27298089

Overexpression of Sly41 suppresses COPII vesicle-tethering deficiencies by elevating intracellular calcium levels.
Mukherjee I, Barlowe C
Mol Biol Cell. 2016 May 15;27(10):1635-49. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E15-10-0704. Epub 2016 Mar 30.
PMID: 27030673

Analysis of COPII Vesicles Indicates a Role for the Emp47-Ssp120 Complex in Transport of Cell Surface Glycoproteins.
Margulis NG, Wilson JD, Bentivoglio CM, Dhungel N, Gitler AD, Barlowe C
Traffic. 2016 Mar;17(3):191-210. doi: 10.1111/tra.12356. Epub 2016 Jan 10.
PMID: 26650540

Examination of Sec22 Homodimer Formation and Role in SNARE-dependent Membrane Fusion.
Flanagan JJ, Mukherjee I, Barlowe C
J Biol Chem. 2015 Apr 24;290(17):10657-66. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.626911. Epub 2015 Mar 6.
PMID: 25750128

Membrane trafficking: ER export encounters dualism.
Barlowe C
Curr Biol. 2015 Feb 16;25(4):R151-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.01.017.
PMID: 25689910

The Erv41-Erv46 complex serves as a retrograde receptor to retrieve escaped ER proteins.
Shibuya A, Margulis N, Christiano R, Walther TC, Barlowe C
J Cell Biol. 2015 Jan 19;208(2):197-209. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201408024. Epub 2015 Jan 12.
PMID: 25583996

ER-Golgi transport: authors' response.
Brandizzi F, Barlowe C
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Mar;15(3):1. doi: 10.1038/nrm3588-c2. Epub 2014 Feb 5.
PMID: 24496388

Organization of the ER-Golgi interface for membrane traffic control.
Brandizzi F, Barlowe C
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Jun;14(6):382-92. doi: 10.1038/nrm3588.
PMID: 23698585

Secretory protein biogenesis and traffic in the early secretory pathway.
Barlowe CK, Miller EA
Genetics. 2013 Feb;193(2):383-410. doi: 10.1534/genetics.112.142810.
PMID: 23396477