Cell Adhesion and Migration Assays
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 WordsMethods cell migration cell adhesion integrins Mac-1 iC3b
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