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Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2011 Oct;23(5):569-78. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2011 Jul 30.

Actin dynamics and turnover in cell motility.

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Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Inhoffen Strasse 7, 38124 Braunschweig, Germany.


Cell migration is a highly coordinated process involving a multitude of separable but intertwined phenomena traditionally studied in multiple cell types, tissues and model systems. In spite of the multitude of mechanisms and modes of motility described in all these different systems, the ability to dynamically reorganize the actin cytoskeleton is common to all of them. However, defining the key molecular players in motility and their precise molecular functions continues to be challenging, last not least owing to robustness and flexibility common to complex biological phenomena. Here we will draft the future steps essential for achieving true progress towards the goal to increase our understanding of actin cytoskeleton dynamics driving cell migration.

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