Moesin keeps mitotic cells in shape

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The ERM protein Moesin helps mitotic cells undergo a series of dramatic shape changes by linking the actin cytoskeleton to the plasma membrane. Roubinet et al. describe how Moesin's localization and activity is regulated over the course of the cell cycle by two different pathways that control Moesin phosphorylation and phosphoinositide synthesis. This biosights episode presents the paper by Roubinet et al. from the October 3, 2011, issue of The Journal of Cell Biology, and includes an...

Laminin Adhesions Help Microtubules Reach Base

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Microtubules align along the apical-basal axis of epithelial cells with their plus ends pointing to the basal side. Hotta et al. reveal how signals from the extracellular matrix establish this arrangement by recruiting the microtubule-anchoring factors LL5s to the basal cell cortex. This biosights episode presents the paper by Hotta et al. from the May 31, 2010 issue of The Journal of Cell Biology, and includes an interview with senior author Yuko Mimori-Kiyosue. Produced by Caitlin...