Life and Medical Sciences
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
The last 5 years have resulted in many advances in knowledge of the cytoskeleton and motility of individual cells. Here the problem of multicellular movement is addressed. The Dictyostelium discoideum slug is examined, and models for how approximately 100,000 cells become coordinated to move are briefly reviewed. Experiments that contributed to model building as well as those used to test models are considered. Four levels of experimentation are considered: (1) the extracellular matrix (ECM) is examined as a component of the system; (2) information obtained by examining the organisation of slug cells through sectioning is presented; (3) time, the 4th dimension, is considered, and approaches to studying the dynamics of cell interactions from the point of view of movement are outlined, and (4) cell adhesion molecules are addressed.
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