Actin-dependent motile forces and cell motility. Academic Article uri icon


  • Force arising from actin polymerization and myosin activity drives a number of different actin-based cell movements. Several new reports support previous data suggesting that actin polymerization drives lamellipodial protrusion and bacterial propulsion, and one report describes a more indirect role for actin assembly in axonal elongation. The major new findings of the past year concerning possible motility roles for myosin describe myosin-driven protrusion of cell margins.

publication date

  • February 1994