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Electric signals regulate the directional migration of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells (OPCs) via β1 Integrin

Zhu, Bangfu, Nicholls, Matthew, Gu, Yu, Zhang, Gaofeng, Zhao, Chao, Franklin, Robin and Song, Bing ORCID: 2016. Electric signals regulate the directional migration of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells (OPCs) via β1 Integrin. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 17 (11) , 1948. 10.3390/ijms17111948

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The guided migration of neural cells is essential for repair in the central nervous system (CNS). Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) will normally migrate towards an injury site to re-sheath demyelinated axons; however the mechanisms underlying this process are not well understood. Endogenous electric fields (EFs) are known to influence cell migration in vivo, and have been utilised in this study to direct the migration of OPCs isolated from neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats. The OPCs were exposed to physiological levels of electrical stimulation, and displayed a marked electrotactic response that was dependent on β1 integrin, one of the key subunits of integrin receptors. We also observed that F-actin, an important component of the cytoskeleton, was re-distributed towards the leading edge of the migrating cells, and that this asymmetric rearrangement was associated with β1 integrin function.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: electric field; oligodendrocyte progenitor; cell migration; integrin
Publisher: MDPI Publishing
ISSN: 1422-0067
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 11 November 2016
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 20:57

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