Are focal adhesion dynamic?2017-12-26T13:48:39+00:00

Are focal adhesion dynamic?

In migrating cells, turnover of adhesion components happens throughout the adhesion life cycle, with a shift in equilibrium between rates of recruitment and removal during the various stages. At the end of each step, the structure undergoes a steady state (quasi-equilibrium) for a specific length of time before it moves on to the next stage (reviewed in [1]). However, turnover of individual adhesion components occur at different rates at any given time [2][3][4][5]. Their retrograde flux depends on impinging mechanical load [5][6][7] arising from stress, substrate stiffness and cell migration [8], and therefore on their position within the focal adhesion [6][9]. Analysis of dynamic interactions between F-actin and focal adhesion component proteins in live cells reveals differential transmission of forces through transient protein-protein interactions across the layers of the focal adhesion. The efficiency hierarchically reduces from actin-binding proteins to core proteins to integrins [6].

Hence, the differential turnover rates of certain molecular complexes may function as the switch translating mechanical to chemical signals and the physical transport itself could deliver signals to the cell interior [8]. These are critical in decision-making during assembly/disassembly of adhesions [7][10] and resulting global cellular changes.

For effective cell migration, the spatial organization of focal adhesion component proteins during rapid turnover is fundamental and critical. Distinct zones of focal adhesion nucleation, stabilization and disassembly have been discovered using averaged quantitative mapping of focal adhesion dynamics [11]. These regions are polarized corresponding to the direction of movement with the zone of nucleation at the front followed by the region of large and stable adhesions and that of disassembly at the rear. Also, from front to rear, the density of focal adhesions steadily decreases and the zones inversely correlate with the centripetal actin flow.

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