Adhesion assembly, disassembly and turnover in migrating cells -- over and over and over again

Nat Cell Biol. 2002 Apr;4(4):E97-100. doi: 10.1038/ncb0402-e97.


Cell migration is an integrated process that requires the continuous, coordinated formation and disassembly of adhesions. These processes are complex and require a regulated interaction of numerous molecules, and the activation of specific signalling pathways. Even though understanding these processes is challenging, important insights are beginning to emerge, and the technology to facilitate significant advances in this area is now in place.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Cell Movement
  • Cytological Techniques*
  • Guanosine Triphosphate / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Signal Transduction*
  • rho GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism


  • Guanosine Triphosphate
  • rho GTP-Binding Proteins