Functional insights on the polarized redistribution of leukocyte integrins and their ligands during leukocyte migration and immune interactions

Immunol Rev. 2007 Aug;218:147-64. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-065X.2007.00529.x.


Cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions are of critical importance in immunobiology. Leukocytes make extensive use of a specialized repertoire of receptors to mediate such processes. Among these receptors, integrins are known to be of crucial importance. This review deals with the central role of integrins and their counterreceptors during the establishment of leukocyte-endothelium contacts, interstitial migration, and final encounter with antigen-presenting cells to develop an appropriate immune response. Particularly, we have addressed the molecular events occurring during these sequential processes, leading to the dynamic subcellular redistribution of adhesion receptors and the reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton, which is reflected in changes in cytoarchitecture, including leukocyte polarization, endothelial docking structure formation, or immune synapse organization. The roles of signaling and structural actin cytoskeleton-associated proteins and organized membrane microdomains in the regulation of receptor adhesiveness are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Movement / immunology*
  • Cell Polarity / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Integrins / immunology*
  • Integrins / metabolism*
  • Leukocytes / cytology*
  • Leukocytes / immunology
  • Leukocytes / metabolism*
  • Ligands
  • Protein Binding


  • Integrins
  • Ligands