Cells 2013, 2(4), 715-731; doi:10.3390/cells2040715
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Actin in Action: Imaging Approaches to Study Cytoskeleton Structure and Function

School of Biology and Environmental Science & Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Received: 1 September 2013; in revised form: 6 November 2013 / Accepted: 8 November 2013 / Published: 14 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Imaging in Cell Biology and Development)
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Abstract: The cytoskeleton plays several fundamental roles in the cell, including organizing the spatial arrangement of subcellular organelles, regulating cell dynamics and motility, providing a platform for interaction with neighboring cells, and ultimately defining overall cell shape. Fluorescence imaging has proved to be vital in furthering our understanding of the cytoskeleton, and is now a mainstay technique used widely by cell biologists. In this review we provide an introduction to various imaging modalities used to study focal adhesions and the actin cytoskeleton, and using specific examples we highlight a number of recent studies in animal cells that have advanced our knowledge of cytoskeletal behavior.
Keywords: cytoskeleton; actin; focal adhesions; fluorescence imaging; live cell imaging; high content screening and analysis

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McKayed, K.K.; Simpson, J.C. Actin in Action: Imaging Approaches to Study Cytoskeleton Structure and Function. Cells 2013, 2, 715-731.

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McKayed KK, Simpson JC. Actin in Action: Imaging Approaches to Study Cytoskeleton Structure and Function. Cells. 2013; 2(4):715-731.

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McKayed, Katey K.; Simpson, Jeremy C. 2013. "Actin in Action: Imaging Approaches to Study Cytoskeleton Structure and Function." Cells 2, no. 4: 715-731.

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