The October cover of Current Opinion in Cell Biology (the reference opinion journal in cell biology, with impact factor 12) features research by IBEC’s Pere Roca and Xavier Trepat, who together with Raimon Sunyer from the UB have published a review paper in the issue, “Mechanical guidance of cell migration: lessons from chemotaxis”.
Their paper demonstrates that chemotaxis and mechanotaxis – processes in mechanical guidance – involve a delicate interplay between physical and chemical mechanisms to sense gradients, establish polarization and drive the directed migration of cells.
Reference article: Roca-Cusachs, P., Sunyer, R. & Trepat, X. (2013). “Mechanical guidance of cell migration: lessons from chemotaxis” Curr Opin Cell Biol, 25(5), 543-9