Enhanced motility in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts that overexpress gelsolin

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Science  08 Mar 1991:
Vol. 251, Issue 4998, pp. 1233-1236
DOI: 10.1126/science.1848726


Increasing the content of the actin-binding protein gelsolin in cultured mouse fibroblasts by up to 125 percent by gene transfection proportionally enhanced the rate at which the cells migrated through porous filters toward a gradient of serum and closed a wound made on a confluent monolayer of cells in a tissue culture dish. These results provide direct evidence that gelsolin, which promotes both actin assembly and disassembly in vitro, is an important element in fibroblast locomotion and demonstrate that the manipulation of intracellular machinery can increase cell motility.

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