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Dynamic assembly of surface structures in living cells

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Chris Edwards


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Although the dynamics of cell membranes and associated structures is vital for cell function, little is known due to lack of suitable methods. We found, using scanning ion conductance microscopy, that microvilli, membrane projections supported by internal actin bundles, undergo a life cycle: fast height-dependent growth, relatively short steady state, and slow height-independent retraction. The microvilli can aggregate into relatively stable structures where the steady state is extended. We suggest that the intrinsic dynamics of microvilli, combined with their ability to make stable structures, allows them to act as elementary "building blocks" for the assembly of specialized structures on the cell surface.

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Author(s): Gorelik J, Shevchuk AI, Frolenkov GI, Diakonov IA, Lab MJ, Kros CJ, Richardson GP, Vodyanoy I, Edwards CRW, Klenerman D, Korchev YE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Year: 2003

Volume: 100

Issue: 10

Pages: 5819-5822

ISSN (print): 0027-8424

ISSN (electronic): 1091-6490

Publisher: National Academy of Sciences


DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1030502100

PubMed id: 12721367


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