Group locomotion of PtK1 cells

Guenter Albrecht-Buehler*

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PtK1 cells were found to form groups of variable size which locomoted in unison. A continuous spectrum of net displacements during two days of observation ranged from no displacement to about 150 μm/day. The majority of single cells migrated less than 50 μm/day. The phenomenon demonstrates in tissue culture the existence of a form of cellular migration which appears intermediary between single cell locomotion and the deformations of extended sheets of cells [8] in the sense that more than one single cell but less than an entire sheet displace themselves. It also suggests coordination of locomotion between individual cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-407
Number of pages6
JournalExperimental Cell Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1979

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  • Cell Biology


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