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Myosin Phosphorylation On Stress Fibers Predicts Contact Guidance Behavior Across Diverse Breast Cancer Cells, Juan Wang, Ian C. Schneider Mar 2017

Myosin Phosphorylation On Stress Fibers Predicts Contact Guidance Behavior Across Diverse Breast Cancer Cells, Juan Wang, Ian C. Schneider

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During cancer progression the extracellular matrix is remodeled, forming aligned collagen fibers that proceed radially from the tumor, resulting in invasion. We have recently shown that different invasive breast cancer cells respond to epitaxially grown, aligned collagen fibrils differently. This article develops insight into why these cells differ in their contact guidance fidelity. Small changes in contractility or adhesion dramatically alter directional persistence on aligned collagen fibrils, while migration speed remains constant. The directionality of highly contractile and adhesive MDA-MB-231 cells can be diminished by inhibiting Rho kinase or β1 integrin binding. Inversely, the directionality of less contractile and adhesive ...