Actin Filament Structures in Migrating Cells

Jaakko Ilmari Lehtimäki, Markku Kasperi Hakala, Pekka Juhani Lappalainen

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Cell migration is necessary for several developmental processes in multicellular organisms. Furthermore, many physiological processes such as wound healing and immunological events in adult animals are dependent on cell migration. Consequently, defects in cell migration are linked to various diseases including immunological disorders as well as cancer progression and metastasis formation. Cell migration is driven by specific protrusive and contractile actin filament structures, but the types and relative contributions of these actin filament arrays vary depending on the cell type and the environment of the cell. In this chapter, we introduce the most important actin filament structures that contribute to mesenchymal and amoeboid cell migration modes and discuss the mechanisms by which the assembly and turnover of these structures are controlled by various actin-binding proteins.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Actin Cytoskeleton
EditorsBrigitte M. Jockush
Number of pages30
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-46369-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-46371-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameHandbook of Experimental Pharmacology
ISSN (Print)0171-2004

Fields of Science

  • 1182 Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology

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