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Methods Mol Biol. 2010;591:147-58. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-404-3_9.

Manipulation of neutrophil-like HL-60 cells for the study of directed cell migration.

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Cardiovascular Research Institute and Department of Biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Abstract

Many cells undergo directed cell migration in response to external cues in a process known as chemotaxis. This ability is essential for many single-celled organisms to hunt and mate, the development of multicellular organisms, and the functioning of the immune system. Because of their relative ease of manipulation and their robust chemotactic abilities, the neutrophil-like cell line (HL-60) has been a powerful system to analyze directed cell migration. In this chapter, we describe the maintenance and transient transfection of HL-60 cells and explain how to analyze their behavior with two standard chemotactic assays (micropipette and EZ-TAXIS). Finally, we demonstrate how to fix and stain the actin cytoskeleton of polarized cells for fluorescent microscopy imaging.

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19957129
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PMC3128798
DOI:
10.1007/978-1-60761-404-3_9
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