Special Issue "Actin-Myosin Cytoskeleton Regulation and Function"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020).
The actin-myosin cytoskeleton is an extensive protein network that undergoes reorganization in response to extracellular chemical and mechanical stimuli, thereby determining cell shape, acting as a load-bearing structure, and contributing to transducing signals from outside to in. The dynamic nature of actin-myosin cytoskeleton structures leads to their essential contributions to many cellular functions including cell division, migration, endocytosis, intracellular transport, gene transcription, and the formation of specialized structures such as filopodia and lamellipodia. Due to the myriad processes that are directly or indirectly influenced by the actin-myosin cytoskeleton, aberrations in its regulation play significant roles in many diseases including cancer, neurodegeneration, fibrosis, and cardiovascular disease.
For this Special Issue of Cells, we invite authors to submit contributions, in the form of original research articles, reviews, or shorter perspective articles, on all aspects related to the theme of “Actin-Myosin Cytoskeleton Regulation and Function”. Articles with mechanistic and functional insights from cell and molecular biological, biophysical, biochemical, structural and mathematical perspectives are especially welcome. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
- Regulators of the actin-myosin cytoskeleton;
- Cytoskeleton-mediated mechanotransduction;
- Actin-myosin cytoskeleton dysregulation in human disease;
- Disease-associated genetic mutations to actin-myosin cytoskeleton components and regulators;
- Organelle trafficking and positioning by the actin-myosin cytoskeleton;
- Actin-myosin structures in cell motility;
- The role of the actin-myosin cytoskeleton in endocytosis and intracellular trafficking.
Prof. Michael F. Olson
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- nuclear cytoskeleton
- contractile systems
- cell motility
- cell morphogenesis
- cell adhesions
- signal transduction