April 5, 2010

Morphogenesis is the arrangement of cells into tissue during development, and often requires complex coordination of several different cellular processes. A recent paper shows the coordination of endocytosis, the uptake of material into a cell, with contraction of the actin-myosin network, in order to drive cell shape changes. Image is of bottle cells in the embryo of the frog, Xenopus laevis, with microtubules in green and newly internalized vesicles in red.

Reference: Jen-Yi Lee and Richard M. Harland. Current Biology 20, 253-258. ©2010 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved. Paper can be found here.

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