Actin-based molecular machines
The actin cytoskeleton provides force for dynamic cellular processes, such as motility, morphogenesis, cell division, endocytosis, and phagocytosis. The organization and dynamics of actin filament must be precisely controlled during these processes, and consequently defects in regulation of the actin cytoskeleton lead to various diseases including cancer progression, as well as neurological and immunological disorders. Our group uses a wide range of biophysical, biochemical, cell biological, and genetic approaches to uncover the general principles underlying regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, and to reveal how defects in actin dynamics affect the physiological functions of cells.
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Our research combines biochemistry, cell biology and structural biology to uncover how structure and dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton are...
We are a small group of enthusiastic people who are eager to reveal the secrets of nature. We want to know the mechanistic details of how...
2019 Lappalainen P. Protein modification fine-tunes the cell's force producers. Nature. 2019 Jan 565(7739):297-298. doi: 10.1038/d41586-018...