Chemical and Biological Engineering, Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Research Focus Area
Health Care Technology and Biomedical Engineering
Journal or Book Title
Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
Directed cell migration is a physical process that requires dramatic changes in cell shape and adhesion to the extracellular matrix. For efficient movement, these processes must be spatiotemporally coordinated. To a large degree, the morphological changes and physical forces that occur during migration are generated by a dynamic filamentous actin (F-actin) cytoskeleton. Adhesion is regulated by dynamic assemblies of structural and signaling proteins that couple the F-actin cytoskeleton to the extracellular matrix. Here, we review current knowledge of the dynamic organization of the F-actin cytoskeleton in cell migration and the regulation of focal adhesion assembly and disassembly with an emphasis on how mechanical and biochemical signaling between these two systems regulate the coordination of physical processes in cell migration.
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Gardel, Margaret L.; Schneider, Ian C.; Aratyn-Schaus, Yvonne; and Waterman, Clare M., "Mechanical Integration of Actin and Adhesion Dynamics in Cell Migration" (2010). Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications. 435.