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Early endosomes

Membrane-bound compartments to which receptor-bound molecules that have been endocytosed or pinocytosed are delivered. The low pH (6.0) of these compartments allows for the molecule to be released from the receptor. The receptors are typically recycled back to the cell membrane, while the molecules are either recycled or delivered to late endosomes or lysosomes for degradation.
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