628 results found
    1. Cell Biology

    Waves of actin and microtubule polymerization drive microtubule-based transport and neurite growth before single axon formation

    Amy M Winans et al.
    Waves of polymerizing actin work in concert with microtubule polymerization to lay down more microtubules tracks and transiently increase microtubule-based transport into the growing neurite.
    1. Neuroscience

    Capillary pericytes express α-smooth muscle actin, which requires prevention of filamentous-actin depolymerization for detection

    Luis Alarcon-Martinez et al.
    Pericytes surrounding capillaries in the retina contain α-smooth muscle actin, demonstrating that pericytes have the necessary molecular machinery to change capillary diameter during neurovascular coupling.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Formin-2 drives polymerisation of actin filaments enabling segregation of apicoplasts and cytokinesis in Plasmodium falciparum

    Johannes Felix Stortz et al.
    Formin-2 controls spatiotemporal polymerisation of actin filaments, a common mechanism used by apicomplexans for effective segregation of essential chloroplast-like organelles called apicoplasts, and additionally for daughter formation in Plasmodium falciparum.
    1. Neuroscience

    Palmitoylation of LIM Kinase-1 ensures spine-specific actin polymerization and morphological plasticity

    Joju George et al.
    The protein-lipid modification palmitoylation targets the kinase LIMK1 to dendritic spines to ensure precise control of the size of individual spines in response to synaptic activation.
    1. Cell Biology

    Type-I myosins promote actin polymerization to drive membrane bending in endocytosis

    Hetty E Manenschijn et al.
    Monomeric myosins can stimulate growth of actin filaments under load.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Profilin and formin constitute a pacemaker system for robust actin filament growth

    Johanna Funk et al.
    Profilin release from the filament end controls the speed of actin growth at physiological conditions.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Cell Biology

    Side-binding proteins modulate actin filament dynamics

    Alvaro H Crevenna et al.
    The kinetics of actin polymerization are strongly influenced by the binding of proteins to the lateral filament surface.
    1. Cell Biology

    Generation of contractile actomyosin bundles depends on mechanosensitive actin filament assembly and disassembly

    Sari Tojkander et al.
    Mechanosensitive inhibition of actin polymerization through VASP phosphorylation is required for stress fiber maturation and alignment.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Actin foci facilitate activation of the phospholipase C-γ in primary T lymphocytes via the WASP pathway

    Sudha Kumari et al.
    T cell receptor signaling is regulated by newly polymerized F-actin foci at the immunological synapse.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    B cells extract antigens at Arp2/3-generated actin foci interspersed with linear filaments

    Sophie I Roper et al.
    Two modes of actin polymerization, branched and linear, cooperate in B cells to extract antigens from surfaces of presenting cells.

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