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In this review, we consider how the association between adherens junctions and the actomyosin cytoskeleton influences collective cell movement. We focus on recent findings which reveal different ways for adherens junctions to promote the locomotion of cells within tissues: through lamellipodia and junctional contraction. These contributions reflect how classic cadherins establish sites of cortical actin assembly and how adherens junctions couple to contractile actomyosin, respectively. The diverse interplay between cadherin adhesion and the cytoskeleton thus provides different ways for adherens junctions to support epithelial locomotion. Copyright: © 2021 Yap AS et al.


Shafali Gupta, Alpha S Yap. How adherens junctions move cells during collective migration. Faculty reviews. 2021;10:56

PMID: 34308422

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