clathrin(redirected from Clathrin-coated vesicles)
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(cell and molecular biology)
A protein that forms a lattice-shaped coating, through the assembly of subunits called triskelions, on the cytosolic side of membrane regions called coated pits during the initial stages of receptor-mediated endocytosis. Invagination of the pit results in a clathrin-coated vesicle.