Spreading of non-transformed and transformed cells

Biochim Biophys Acta. 1985;780(1):21-65. doi: 10.1016/0304-419x(84)90006-4.


Mechanisms of cellular reactions responsible for the spreading of non-transformed cultured tissue cells on the surface of various substrata and relationships of these reactions to the control of cell proliferation are reviewed; the special role of the membrane-cytoskeleton interactions leading to extension and attachment of pseudopods is stressed. Transition of cells from non-transformed to transformed phenotype is characterized by decreased spreading and by decreased dependence of proliferation on spreading. Manifestations of both of these spreading-associated changes are reviewed and their possible mechanisms are discussed. It is suggested that cell transition to transformed phenotype involves shift of an equilibrium between the reactions induced by the two groups of membrane-bound ligands: those attached and those not attached to the substratum.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Cell Communication
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / pathology*
  • Cytoskeleton / ultrastructure
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness*
  • Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Phenotype