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Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2011 Sep 1;3(9):a005074. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a005074.

Integrins in cell migration.

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  • 1Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wsconsin 53706, USA.


Integrin-based adhesion has served as a model for studying the central role of adhesion in migration. In this article, we outline modes of migration, both integrin-dependent and -independent in vitro and in vivo. We next discuss the roles of adhesion contacts as signaling centers and linkages between the ECM and actin that allows adhesions to serve as traction sites. This includes signaling complexes that regulate migration and the interplay among adhesion, signaling, and pliability of the substratum. Finally, we address mechanisms of adhesion assembly and disassembly and the role of adhesion in cellular polarity.

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