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A Small Vimentin-Binding Molecule Blocks Cancer Exosome Release and Reduces Cancer Cell Mobility.

Front Pharmacol 2021 8;12:627394. Epub 2021 Jul 8.

School of Medicine & Holistic Integrative Medicine, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China.

Vimentin is an intermediate filament protein with diverse roles in health and disease far beyond its structural functions. Exosomes or small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) are key mediators for intercellular communication, contributing to tissue homeostasis and the progression of various diseases, especially the metastasis of cancers. In this study, we evaluated a novel vimentin-binding compound (R491) for its anti-cancer activities and its roles in cancer exosome release. Read More

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The ependymal cell cytoskeleton in the normal and injured spinal cord of mice.

J Neurosci Res 2021 Jul 20. Epub 2021 Jul 20.

Departamento de Neurofisiología Celular y Molecular, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, Montevideo, Uruguay.

The cytoskeleton of ependymal cells is fundamental to organize and maintain the normal architecture of the central canal (CC). However, little is known about the plasticity of cytoskeletal components after spinal cord injury. Here, we focus on the structural organization of the cytoskeleton of ependymal cells in the normal and injured spinal cord of mice (both females and males) using immunohistochemical and electron microscopy techniques. Read More

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A novel method for successful induction of interdigitating process formation in conditionally immortalized podocytes from mice, rats, and humans.

Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2021 Jul 13;570:47-52. Epub 2021 Jul 13.

Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, 153-8503, Japan. Electronic address:

Formation of processes in podocytes is regarded as the hallmark of maturity and normal physical condition for the cell. There are many accumulated findings about molecular mechanisms that cause retraction of podocyte processes; however, there is little knowledge of the positive mechanisms that promote process formation in vitro, and most previous reports about this topic have been limited to low-density cultures. Here, we found that process formation can be induced in 100% confluent cultures of conditionally immortalized podocytes in mouse, rat, and human species by combining serum depletion and Y-27632 ROCK inhibitor supplementation on the scaffold of laminin-521(L521). Read More

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Binding-Induced Fibrillogenesis Peptides Recognize and Block Intracellular Vimentin Skeletonization against Breast Cancer.

Nano Lett 2021 Jul 14. Epub 2021 Jul 14.

CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, CAS Key Laboratory for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), No. 11 Beiyitiao, Zhongguancun, Beijing 100190, People's Republic of China.

Life is recognized as a sophisticated self-assembling material system. Cancer involves the overexpression and improper self-assembly of proteins, such as cytoskeleton protein vimentin, an emerging target related to tumor metastasis. Herein, we design a binding-induced fibrillogenesis (BIF) peptide that in situ forms fibrous networks, blocking the improper self-assembly of vimentin against cancer. Read More

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Molecular Insight into the Regulation of Vimentin by Cysteine Modifications and Zinc Binding.

Antioxidants (Basel) 2021 Jun 28;10(7). Epub 2021 Jun 28.

Department of Structural and Chemical Biology, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas Margarita Salas (CSIC), 28040 Madrid, Spain.

The intermediate filament protein vimentin is involved in essential cellular processes, including cell division and stress responses, as well as in the pathophysiology of cancer, pathogen infection, and autoimmunity. The vimentin network undergoes marked reorganizations in response to oxidative stress, in which modifications of vimentin single cysteine residue, Cys328, play an important role, and is modulated by zinc availability. However, the molecular basis for this regulation is not fully understood. Read More

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Vimentin Cytoskeleton Architecture Analysis on Polylactide and Polyhydroxyoctanoate Substrates for Cell Culturing.

Int J Mol Sci 2021 Jun 25;22(13). Epub 2021 Jun 25.

Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, 30-239 Cracow, Poland.

Polylactide (PLA), widely used in bioengineering and medicine, gained popularity due to its biocompatibility and biodegradability. Natural origin and eco-friendly background encourage the search of novel materials with such features, such as polyhydroxyoctanoate (P(3HO)), a polyester of bacterial origin. Physicochemical features of both P(3HO) and PLA have an impact on cellular response 32, i. Read More

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Role of Intermediate Filaments in Blood-Brain Barrier in Health and Disease.

Cells 2021 Jun 5;10(6). Epub 2021 Jun 5.

Department of Bioengineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ege University, 35100 Izmir, Turkey.

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a highly selective cellular monolayer unique to the microvasculature of the central nervous system (CNS), and it mediates the communication of the CNS with the rest of the body by regulating the passage of molecules into the CNS microenvironment. Limitation of passage of substances through the BBB is mainly due to tight junctions (TJ) and adherens junctions (AJ) between brain microvascular endothelial cells. The importance of actin filaments and microtubules in establishing and maintaining TJs and AJs has been indicated; however, recent studies have shown that intermediate filaments are also important in the formation and function of cell-cell junctions. Read More

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Multiscale mechanics and temporal evolution of vimentin intermediate filament networks.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2021 Jul;118(27)

Institute for X-Ray Physics, University of Göttingen, 37077 Göttingen, Germany;

The cytoskeleton, an intricate network of protein filaments, motor proteins, and cross-linkers, largely determines the mechanical properties of cells. Among the three filamentous components, F-actin, microtubules, and intermediate filaments (IFs), the IF network is by far the most extensible and resilient to stress. We present a multiscale approach to disentangle the three main contributions to vimentin IF network mechanics-single-filament mechanics, filament length, and interactions between filaments-including their temporal evolution. Read More

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SOS1 promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer(EOC) cells through AKT independent NF-κB signaling pathway.

Transl Oncol 2021 Sep 24;14(9):101160. Epub 2021 Jun 24.

Department of Neurosurgery, Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical University, Zunyi City, 563000, Guizhou Province, P.R. China. Electronic address:

We aimed to explore the role and mechanism of SOS1 (Son of sevenless homolog 1) in malignant behaviors of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) cells Hey with high metastatic potential. Firstly, compared with Hey-WT (wild type) and Hey-NT (none targeted) cells, Hey-SOS1i cells showed decreased polarities, disorders in cytoskeleton arrangement. Numbers of transwell migrated, invaded, intravasation cells and extravasated cells were decreased significantly. Read More

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September 2021

Dependence of mitochondrial function on the filamentous actin cytoskeleton in cultured mesenchymal stem cells treated with cytochalasin B.

J Biosci Bioeng 2021 Jun 23. Epub 2021 Jun 23.

Department for Biomedical Research, Center of Experimental Medicine, Danube University Krems, Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, Krems an der Donau 3500, Austria; Clinic for Blood Group Serology and Transfusion Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, Vienna 1090, Austria. Electronic address:

Owing to their self-renewal and multi-lineage differentiation capability, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) hold enormous potential in regenerative medicine. A prerequisite for a successful MSC therapy is the rigorous investigation of their function after in vitro cultivation. Damages introduced to mitochondria during cultivation adversely affect MSCs function and can determine their fate. Read More

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Changes in cytoarchitecture and mobility in B16F1 melanoma cells induced by 5-Br-2'-dU coincide with Rock2, miRNAs 138-5p and 455-3p reciprocal expressions.

Biochem Biophys Rep 2021 Sep 11;27:101027. Epub 2021 Jun 11.

Molecular Physiology Group, Scientific and Technological Research, Public Health Research, Instituto Nacional de Salud de Colombia, Bogotá, D.C., Colombia.

ROCK2 is a protein involved in the restructuring of the cytoskeleton in cell adhesion and contractibility processes. miR-138-5p and miR-455-3p regulate Rock2 expression, cell proliferation, migration, and invasion in different experimental cell models. However, their participation in the cytoarchitecture and mobility of B16F1 melanoma cells exposed to 5-Br-2'-dU is partially known. Read More

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September 2021

Lovastatin Inhibits EMT and Metastasis of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Stem Cells Through Dysregulation of Cytoskeleton-Associated Proteins.

Front Oncol 2021 4;11:656687. Epub 2021 Jun 4.

Key Laboratory of Model Animals and Stem Cell Biology in Hunan Province, Departments of Pathology and Pathophysiology, Hunan Normal University School of Medicine, Changsha, China.

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is more aggressive and has poorer prognosis compared to other subtypes of breast cancer. Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which epithelial cells transform into mesenchymal-like cells capable of migration, invasion, and metastasis. Recently, we have demonstrated that lovastatin, a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor and a lipid-lowering drug, could inhibit stemness properties of cancer stem cells (CSCs) derived from TNBC cell and . Read More

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Vimentin intermediate filaments stabilize dynamic microtubules by direct interactions.

Nat Commun 2021 06 18;12(1):3799. Epub 2021 Jun 18.

Institute for X-Ray Physics, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.

The cytoskeleton determines cell mechanics and lies at the heart of important cellular functions. Growing evidence suggests that the manifold tasks of the cytoskeleton rely on the interactions between its filamentous components-actin filaments, intermediate filaments, and microtubules. However, the nature of these interactions and their impact on cytoskeletal dynamics are largely unknown. Read More

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Structural and functional relations between the connective tissue and epithelium of enamel organ and their role during enamel maturation.

J Mol Histol 2021 Jun 7. Epub 2021 Jun 7.

Department of Urology, Campus Drie Eiken, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.

The morphological and possible functional interactions between the connective tissue and enamel organ cells were examined during the maturation phase of enamel formation, using immunohistochemical techniques. Decalcified mandibular sections (10 µm) including incisors were used from Wistar rats ages 10-12 weeks. Sections were incubated with one or two primary antibodies targeting cell cytoskeleton (vimentin, α-actin, α-tubulin), dendritic marker (OX6), gap junctions (cx-43), enzymes (nitric-oxide synthase (nos1) and cyclooxygenase (cox1)), and the ion transporters (Na/H exchanger (NHE1) and Na/Ca exchanger (NCX)) for 24 h, before incubation with the appropriate conjugated fluorescent secondary antibodies. Read More

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mRNA Targeting, Transport and Local Translation in Eukaryotic Cells: From the Classical View to a Diversity of New Concepts.

Mol Biol 2021 May 30:1-31. Epub 2021 May 30.

Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology, Moscow State University, 119234 Moscow, Russia.

Spatial organization of protein biosynthesis in the eukaryotic cell has been studied for more than fifty years, thus many facts have already been included in textbooks. According to the classical view, mRNA transcripts encoding secreted and transmembrane proteins are translated by ribosomes associated with endoplasmic reticulum membranes, while soluble cytoplasmic proteins are synthesized on free polysomes. However, in the last few years, new data has emerged, revealing selective translation of mRNA on mitochondria and plastids, in proximity to peroxisomes and endosomes, in various granules and at the cytoskeleton (actin network, vimentin intermediate filaments, microtubules and centrosomes). Read More

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Development of nanobody-based POLArIS orientation probes enabled multi-color/multi-target orientation imaging in living cells.

Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2021 Aug 2;565:50-56. Epub 2021 Jun 2.

Department of Neuroanatomy and Cellular Neurobiology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8519, Japan; Center for Brain Integration Research, TMDU, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8519, Japan. Electronic address:

Fluorescence polarization microscopy (FPM) can visualize the dipole orientation of fluorescent molecules and has been used for analyzing architectural dynamics of biomolecules including cytoskeletal proteins. To monitor the orientation of target molecules by FPM, target molecules need to be labeled with fluorophores in a sterically constrained manner, so that the fluorophores do not freely rotate. Recently, a versatile probe for such labeling using fluorescent proteins, POLArIS (Probe for Orientation and Localization Assessment, recognizing specific Intracellular Structures of interest), was reported. Read More

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The inhibition of microtubule dynamics instability alters lipid homeostasis in TM4 Sertoli cells.

Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2021 Jun 2;426:115607. Epub 2021 Jun 2.

Instituto de Investigaciones Bioquıímicas de Bahía Blanca, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), Bahía Blanca, Argentina.

Sertoli cells (SC) structurally support and transport nutrients to germ cells during spermatogenesis facilitated by an active cytoskeleton. Chemical perturbation of SC microtubule (MT) dynamics instability leads to premature germ cell exfoliation demonstrating that this process is essential for male fertility, yet the effects of MT damaging drugs on SC lipid metabolism have been less explored. The aim of this study was to advance our understanding of how adequate SC MT dynamicity is needed to finely tune lipid homeostasis. Read More

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Dynamic posttranslational modifications of cytoskeletal proteins unveil hot spots under nitroxidative stress.

Redox Biol 2021 08 24;44:102014. Epub 2021 May 24.

Institute of Bioanalytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Germany; Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine, University of Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5, 04103, Leipzig, Germany. Electronic address:

The cytoskeleton is a supramolecular structure consisting of interacting protein networks that support cell dynamics in essential processes such as migration and division, as well as in responses to stress. Fast cytoskeletal remodeling is achieved with the participation of regulatory proteins and posttranslational modifications (PTMs). Redox-related PTMs are emerging as critical players in cytoskeletal regulation. Read More

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Involvement of Nestin in the Progression of Canine Mammary Carcinoma.

Vet Pathol 2021 May 31:3009858211018656. Epub 2021 May 31.

Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo, Japan.

Nestin, a class VI intermediate filament protein, is known to be expressed in various types of human neoplasms, including breast cancer, and is associated with their progression. However, its expression and role in canine mammary tumors remain unknown. We analyzed nestin expression in canine mammary tumors using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. Read More

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BIRB796, an Inhibitor of p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase, Inhibits Proliferation and Invasion in Glioblastoma Cells.

ACS Omega 2021 May 22;6(17):11466-11473. Epub 2021 Apr 22.

Department of Neurosurgery, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Hubei 430060, China.

Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common malignant tumor, and it is characterized by high cellular proliferation and invasion in the central nervous system of adults. Due to its high degree of heterogeneity and mortality, there is no effective therapy for GBM. In our study, we investigated the effect of the p38-MAPK signaling pathway inhibitor BIRB796 on GBM cells. Read More

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Vimentin loss promotes cancer proliferation through up-regulating Rictor/AKT/β-catenin signaling pathway.

Exp Cell Res 2021 Aug 27;405(1):112666. Epub 2021 May 27.

Department of Pathology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing, 210008, China. Electronic address:

Vimentin protein is one of the main cytoskeleton and plays an important role in cell motility and metastasis. Nowadays, vimentin is widely studied as an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) marker of cancer cells while its involvement in cancer proliferation is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the participation of vimentin in regulating cancer proliferation by silencing VIM gene in four cancer cell lines. Read More

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RNAi-mediated suppression of vimentin or glial fibrillary acidic protein prevents the establishment of Müller glial cell hypertrophy in progressive retinal degeneration.

Glia 2021 Sep 24;69(9):2272-2290. Epub 2021 May 24.

University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, London, UK.

Gliosis is a complex process comprising upregulation of intermediate filament (IF) proteins, particularly glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and vimentin, changes in glial cell morphology (hypertrophy) and increased deposition of inhibitory extracellular matrix molecules. Gliosis is common to numerous pathologies and can have deleterious effects on tissue function and regeneration. The role of IFs in gliosis is controversial, but a key hypothesized function is the stabilization of glial cell hypertrophy. Read More

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September 2021

Effect of vimentin on cell migration in collagen-coated microchannels: A mimetic physiological confined environment.

Biomicrofluidics 2021 May 18;15(3):034105. Epub 2021 May 18.

Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609, USA.

Cancer cell migration through tissue pores and tracks into the bloodstream is a critical biological step for cancer metastasis. Although studies have shown that expression of vimentin can induce invasive cell lines, its role in cell cytoskeleton reorganization and cell motility under physical confinement remains unknown. Here, a microfluidic device with cell culture chamber and collagen-coated microchannels was developed as an model for physiological confinement environments. Read More

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Vimentin intermediate filaments modulate cell traction force but not cell sensitivity to substrate stiffness.

Cytoskeleton (Hoboken) 2021 May 16. Epub 2021 May 16.

Physics Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

The ability of cells to sense and respond to the mechanical stiffness of the surrounding matrix is important to support normal cell function, wound healing, and development. Central to the process of durosensing is the cytoskeleton composed of three classes of filaments: F-actin, microtubules, and intermediate filaments (IFs). Vimentin is an IF protein that contributes significantly to cell mechanics and cell traction force, which is required to probe extracellular matrix. Read More

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Enhanced UnaG With Minimal Labeling Artifact for Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy.

Front Mol Biosci 2021 20;8:647590. Epub 2021 Apr 20.

Center for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Institute of Basic Science, Seoul, South Korea.

We introduced enhanced UnaG (eUnaG), a ligand-activatable fluorescent protein, for conventional and super-resolution imaging of subcellular structures in the mammalian cells. eUnaG is a V2L mutant of UnaG with twice brighter bulk fluorescence. We previously discovered the reversible fluorescence switching behavior of UnaG and demonstrated the high photon outputs and high localization numbers in single-molecule localization microscopy (SMLM). Read More

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Zebrafish embryo extracts enhance 5-FU anti-cancer effects upon breast cancer cells.

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2021 Apr;25(8):3235-3245

Department of Surgery "Pietro Valdoni", Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.

Objective: The inhibition of the metastatic capability of cancer cells is a pivotal aim of current anticancer strategies. We investigated herein the anti-migrating and anti-invasive properties of Zebrafish embryo extracts (SL) - an integrative formula comprising morphogenetic factors extracted from zebrafish embryos - alone or in association with 5-Fluoro-Uracil (5-FU), when added to metastatic breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231) and in normal epithelial breast cells (MCF10A) committed toward an inflammatory phenotype upon TGF-β1 stimulation.

Materials And Methods: Invasiveness, migrating capability, cytoskeleton architecture and related molecular factors involved in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition were studied after treatment with 5-FU, with and without SL. Read More

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Crosstalk between 17β-Estradiol and TGF-β Signaling Modulates Glioblastoma Progression.

Brain Sci 2021 Apr 28;11(5). Epub 2021 Apr 28.

Unidad de Investigación en Reproducción Humana, Instituto Nacional de Perinatología, Facultad de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City CP 11000, Mexico.

Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is an essential mechanism contributing to glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) progression, the most common and malignant brain tumor. EMT is induced by signaling pathways that crosstalk and regulate an intricate regulatory network of transcription factors. It has been shown that downstream components of 17β-estradiol (E2) and transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling pathways crosstalk in estrogen-sensitive tumors. Read More

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Exosomal Vimentin from Adipocyte Progenitors Protects Fibroblasts against Osmotic Stress and Inhibits Apoptosis to Enhance Wound Healing.

Int J Mol Sci 2021 Apr 28;22(9). Epub 2021 Apr 28.

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Shenzhen), Sun Yat-sen University, Shenzhen 518107, China.

Mechanical stress following injury regulates the quality and speed of wound healing. Improper mechanotransduction can lead to impaired wound healing and scar formation. Vimentin intermediate filaments control fibroblasts' response to mechanical stress and lack of vimentin makes cells significantly vulnerable to environmental stress. Read More

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Sinularin, an Anti-Cancer Agent Causing Mitochondria-Modulated Apoptosis and Cytoskeleton Disruption in Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Int J Mol Sci 2021 Apr 11;22(8). Epub 2021 Apr 11.

Department of Marine Biotechnology and Resources, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan.

Liver cancer remains a leading cause of death, despite advances in anti-cancer therapies. To develop novel drugs, natural products are being considered as a good source for exploration. In this study, a natural product isolated from a soft coral was applied to evaluate its anti-cancer activities in hepatocellular carcinoma SK-HEP-1 cells. Read More

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Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition: Insights into Therapeutic Targets for Cancer Metastasis.

Cancers (Basel) 2021 Apr 14;13(8). Epub 2021 Apr 14.

Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117593, Singapore.

In cancer cells, a vital cellular process during metastasis is the transformation of epithelial cells towards motile mesenchymal cells called the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). The cytoskeleton is an active network of three intracellular filaments: actin cytoskeleton, microtubules, and intermediate filaments. These filaments play a central role in the structural design and cell behavior and are necessary for EMT. Read More

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