Vesicle trafficking pathways that direct cell migration in 3D and in vivo

Beverley Wilson, Jennifer Allen, Patrick Caswell

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Cell migration is a vital process in development and disease, and whilst the mechanisms that control motility are relatively well understood on 2D-surfaces, the control of cell migration in 3D an in vivo has only recently begun to be understood. Vesicle trafficking pathways have emerged as a key regulatory element in migration and invasion, and endocytosis and recycling of cell surface cargos including growth factor and chemokine receptors, adhesion receptors and membrane associated proteases is of major importance. We highlight recent advances in our understanding of how endocytic trafficking controls the availability and local activity of these cargoes to influence the movement of cells in 3D matrix and in developing organisms. In particular we discuss how endocytic trafficking of different receptor classes spatially restricts signals and activity, usually to the leading edge of invasive cells.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTraffic (Malden): the international journal of intracellular transport
Early online date27 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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