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Barbed ends rule

Nature volume 430, pages 734735 (12 August 2004) | Download Citation


To explore their surroundings, cells use probes of various shapes. Whether the probes are broad and flat, or long and thin, seems to be regulated by proteins at the growing ends of actin filaments.

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  1. Dorothy A. Schafer is in the Departments of Biology and Cell Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903, USA.

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