Special Issue "Organization and Function of Cellular Structural Networks"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Intracellular and Plasma Membranes".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2021) | Viewed by 2023

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biology of the Cell Nucleus, Institute of Molecular Genetics of the CAS, 142 20 Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: cell nucleus; nucleolus; regulation of gene expression; epigenetics; nucleoskeleton; nuclear myosins; actin and phospholipids; lamins; laminopathies; phase separation; microscopy
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Prof. Dr. Elly Hol
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University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Interests: glia biology of brain diseases; biology of glia and neural stem cells
Department of Biosciences, University of Durham, Durham, UK
Interests: cytoskeleton; intermediate filaments; protein chaperones; small heat shock proteins; crystallins; cataract; lens transparency; lens optical properties; cardiomyopathy; neurodegeneration; desminopathies; crystallinopathies; Alexander disease; GFAP
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Structural networks that connect the extracellular matrix and cell surfaces through the cytoskeleton with the nucleoskeleton govern cell, tissue, and organ integrity. Besides their structural roles, these networks participate in a multitude of fundamental functions, e.g., regulating signal- and mechano-transduction, cytoplasmic transport, sequestering biomolecules, maintaining genome organization, and promoting meiosis. Mutations in the building blocks of these networks frequently lead to devastating diseases. The pathogenesis of these diseases is far from being understood and requires a wide interdisciplinary approach that is distinct from the individual research schemes. Based on capacity building measures, coordinated networking and educative activities and interactions with business partners and European research infrastructures, the EuroCellNet COST Action aimed to develop an orchestrated multinational activity grid. This Special Issue collects manuscripts resulting from activities within the Eurocellnet and welcomes original or review contributions related especially to:

- Biophysics of cell and tissue structure;

- Structural analysis of biomolecules involved in mechanobiology;

- New methodologies to study mechanobiology of cells and tissues;

- Mechanobiological principles of rare and common diseases.


These articles are based upon work from COST action (CA 15214), supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). www.cost.eu

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Prof. Dr. Pavel Hozák
Prof. Dr. Elly Hol
Prof. Roy Andrew Quinlan
Guest Editor

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  • extracellular matrix
  • cytoskeleton
  • nucleoskeleton
  • signal transduction
  • mechano-transduction
  • cellular transport
  • genome organization
  • pathogenesis
  • cell biophysics
  • mechanobiology
  • microscopy
  • structural biology

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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