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The Cytoskeletal Mechanisms Of Cell-Cell Junction Formation In Endothelial Cells, Matthew K. Hoelzle Dec 2011

The Cytoskeletal Mechanisms Of Cell-Cell Junction Formation In Endothelial Cells, Matthew K. Hoelzle

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Intercellular adhesions are essential for compartmentalization and integrity of tissues in an organism, cell-cell communication, and morphogenesis. The actin cytoskeleton and associated proteins play a vital role in establishing and maintaining cell-cell adhesion. However, the procedure by which cells establish adherens junctions remains largely unclear.

We investigated the dynamics of cell-cell junction formation and the corresponding architecture of the underlying cytoskeleton in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). We show that the initial interaction between cells is mediated by protruding lamellipodia. Upon their retraction, cells maintain contact through thin bridges formed by filopodia-like protrusions connected by VE-cadherin-rich junctions.

Bridges ...