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Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2008 Oct;20(5):541-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ceb.2008.05.004. Epub 2008 Jun 27.

Visualizing and quantifying adhesive signals.

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  • 1Department of Cell Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.


Understanding the structural adaptation and signaling of adhesion sites in response to mechanical stimuli requires in situ characterization of the dynamic activation of a large number of adhesion components. Here, we review high-resolution live cell imaging approaches to measure forces, assembly, and interaction of adhesion components, and the activation of adhesion-mediated signals. We conclude by outlining computational multiplexing as a framework for the integration of these data into comprehensive models of adhesion signaling pathways.

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