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Long-term Live Imaging Device for Improved Experimental Manipulation of Zebrafish Larvae

1Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2Morgridge Institute for Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 3Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 4Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 5Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 6Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

JoVE 56340


 Bioengineering

An Introduction to Cell Motility and Migration

JoVE 5643

Cell motility and migration play important roles in both normal biology and in disease. On one hand, migration allows cells to generate complex tissues and organs during development, but on the other hand, the same mechanisms are used by tumor cells to move and spread in a process known as cancer metastasis. One of the primary cellular machineries that make cell movement possible is an intracellular network of myosin and actin molecules, together known as “actomyosin”, which creates a contractile force to pull a cell in different directions.In this video, JoVE presents a historical overview of the field of cell migration, noting how early work on muscle contraction led to the discovery of the actomyosin apparatus. We then explore some of the questions researchers are still asking about cell motility, and review techniques used to study different aspects of this phenomenon. Finally, we look at how researchers are currently studying cell migration, for example, to better understand metastasis.


 Cell Biology

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