Running with neighbors: coordinating cell migration and cell-cell adhesion

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2015 Oct;36:62-70. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2015 Jul 17.


Coordinated movement of large groups of cells is required for many biological processes, such as gastrulation and wound healing. During collective cell migration, cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) adhesions must be integrated so that cells maintain strong interactions with neighboring cells and the underlying substratum. Initiation and maintenance of cadherin adhesions at cell-cell junctions and integrin-based cell-ECM adhesions require integration of mechanical cues, dynamic regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, and input from specific signaling cascades, including Rho family GTPases. Here, we summarize recent advances made in understanding the interplay between these pathways at cadherin-based and integrin-based adhesions during collective cell migration and highlight outstanding questions that remain in the field.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biochemical Phenomena
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Cell Movement*
  • Cell-Matrix Junctions / metabolism
  • Extracellular Matrix / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction