description
The assembly of gap junctions involves (1) synthesis of connexin polypeptides at endoplasmic reticulum membranes, (2) oligomerization into homomeric- and heteromeric gap junction connexons (hemi-channels), (3) passage through the Golgi stacks, (4) intracellular storage within Trans Golgi membranes, (5) trafficking along microtubules, (6) insertion of connexons into the plasma membrane, (7) lateral diffusion of connexons in the plasma membrane, (8) aggregation of individual gap junction channels into plaques, and (9) stabilization of peripheral microtubule plus-ends by binding to Cx43-based gap junctions (see Segretain and Falk, 2004.

external resources
NCBI:1269886
REACTOME:R-HSA-190861
PUBMED:15033576
PUBMED:8665925

genes
GJA1 , GJA3 , GJA4 , GJA5 , GJA8 , GJB1 , GJB2 , GJB3 , GJB5 , GJC1 , GJB6 , GJC2 , GJD2 , GJA9 , GJA10 , GJD3 , GJB4 , GJD4 , GJB7 ,