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Title: Mechanical processes underlying precise and robust cell matching
Authors: Zhang, Shaobo 
Saunders, Timothy 
Keywords: Actomyosin
Adhesion molecules
Cell adhesion
Cell matching
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2021
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Citation: Zhang, Shaobo, Saunders, Timothy (2021-06-01). Mechanical processes underlying precise and robust cell matching. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 120 : 75-84. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Abstract: During the development of complicated multicellular organisms, the robust formation of specific cell-cell connections (cell matching) is required for the generation of precise tissue structures. Mismatches or misconnections can lead to various diseases. Diverse mechanical cues, including differential adhesion and temporally varying cell contractility, are involved in regulating the process of cell-cell recognition and contact formation. Cells often start the process of cell matching through contact via filopodia protrusions, mediated by specific adhesion interactions at the cell surface. These adhesion interactions give rise to differential mechanical signals that can be further perceived by the cells. In conjunction with contractions generated by the actomyosin networks within the cells, this differentially coded adhesion information can be translated to reposition and sort cells. Here, we review the role of these different cell matching components and suggest how these mechanical factors cooperate with each other to facilitate specificity in cell-cell contact formation. © 2021 The Authors
Source Title: Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
ISSN: 1084-9521
DOI: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2021.06.003
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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