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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2005 Jan;6(1):56-68.

Focal adhesion kinase: in command and control of cell motility.

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  • 1The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Immunology, IMM21 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037, USA.


A central question in cell biology is how membrane-spanning receptors transmit extracellular signals inside cells to modulate cell adhesion and motility. Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a crucial signalling component that is activated by numerous stimuli and functions as a biosensor or integrator to control cell motility. Through multifaceted and diverse molecular connections, FAK can influence the cytoskeleton, structures of cell adhesion sites and membrane protrusions to regulate cell movement.

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