The phagokinetic tracks of 3T3 cells

Cell. 1977 Jun;11(2):395-404. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(77)90057-5.


This paper describes a technique of visualizing tracks of cultured cells moving on a glass substrate covered with gold particles. It leads to the following observations: -If the tracks of many cells are examined, cell line characteristic track patterns become apparent. -In several cases, second or third generation descendents of 3T3 cells were observed to repeat track patterns of their ancestor cell. -If a 3T3 cell collides with another 3T3 cell or a nonmigrating BSC-1 cell, it forms an outgoing track from the impact area as if the cell was elastically reflected at the target.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Movement
  • Cells, Cultured / physiology*
  • Cytological Techniques*
  • Gold
  • Mice
  • Phagocytosis


  • Gold