The cell biology of neuronal navigation

Nat Cell Biol. 2001 Mar;3(3):E81-8. doi: 10.1038/35060164.


Morphogenesis of the nervous system requires the directed migration of postmitotic neurons to designated locations in the nervous system and the guidance of axon growth cones to their synaptic targets. Evidence suggests that both forms of navigation depend on common guidance molecules, surface receptors and signal transduction pathways that link receptor activation to cytoskeletal reorganization. Future challenges remain not only in identifying all the components of the signalling pathways, but also in understanding how these pathways achieve signal amplification and adaptation-two essential cellular processes for neuronal navigation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chemotaxis / physiology*
  • Cytoskeleton / metabolism*
  • Growth Cones / metabolism
  • Models, Biological
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Receptors, Cell Surface / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Receptors, Cell Surface