Arrestins in actin reorganization and cell migration

Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2013;118:205-22. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-394440-5.00008-5.


Arrestins have emerged as important regulators of actin reorganization and cell migration. Both in their classical roles as mediators of receptor desensitization and internalization, and in their newer role as signaling scaffolds, β-arrestins help orchestrate the cellular response to chemotactic signals. However, there is still a considerable amount to be learned about the precise molecular mechanisms underlying these processes. This review discusses how, by regulating receptor internalization and by scaffolding of signaling molecules in discrete cellular locations, arrestins facilitate gradient sensing and cytoskeletal reorganization, ultimately resulting in cell migration. In addition, putative new targets of β-arrestin regulation that may play important roles in cell migration are discussed, as continued research on these targets may provide important details to fill in the current gaps in our understanding of these processes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Actins / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Arrestins / metabolism*
  • Cell Movement*
  • Disease
  • Health
  • Humans
  • Receptors, Chemokine / metabolism


  • Actins
  • Arrestins
  • Receptors, Chemokine