Cell Adhesion and Migration Assays

  • Dmitry A. Soloviev
  • Elzbieta Pluskota
  • Edward F. Plow
Part of the Methods in Molecular Medicine book series (MIMM, volume 129)


Adhesion and migration are basic responses of living cells to environmental stimuli. Such responses are central to a broad range of physiological processes, such as the immune response, repair of injured tissues, and prevention of excessive bleeding. Cell adhesion and migration also contributes to pathologies, including vascular and inflammatory diseases, as well as tumor growth and metastasis. These cellular responses depend on engagement of adhesion receptors by components of the extracellular matrix or molecules present on the surface of other cells. Hence, cell adhesion and migration assays are crucial methods in cell biology. In this chapter, several detailed protocols describing cell adhesion and migration assays are presented, and advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed.

Key Words

Methods cell migration cell adhesion integrins Mac-1 iC3b 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dmitry A. Soloviev
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elzbieta Pluskota
    • 1
    • 2
  • Edward F. Plow
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Joseph J. Jacobs Center for Thrombosis and Vascular BiologyThe Cleveland Clinic FoundationCleveland
  2. 2.Department of Molecular CardiologyThe Cleveland Clinic FoundationCleveland

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