Clathrin-mediated endocytosis regulates occludin, and not focal adhesion, distribution during epithelial wound healing

submitted by: RappoportLab
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Vesicle trafficking has long been suggested to play mechanistic roles in regulating directed cell migration. Recent evidence demonstrates that specific cell types and modes of migration involve transport of particular cargo through particular pathways. Epithelial wound healing is essential in tissue repair. However, investigations into the mechanisms regulating cell migration have mainly focused upon other models such as fibroblast-derived cells. Roles for vesicle...
Authors: Sarah Fletcher, Natalie Poulter, Elizabeth Haining, Joshua Rappoport

Laminin Adhesions Help Microtubules Reach Base

submitted by: JCB
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...