Novel vesicular extrusions during cell spreading
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During the late stages of cell spreading in vitro, the cells extrude a vesicular material into the medium. This phenomenon was observed in human glia and glioma cells as well as in human diploid fibroblasts MRC-5 and WI-38 cells. This extrusion of vesicular material is inhibited by cytochalasin-B and colcemid suggesting the involvement of microfilaments and microtubules and the active nature of this event. It appears that the cells may be excreting damaged surface components by a mechanism similar to patching, capping and endocytosis.