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Intercellular nanotubes: insights from imaging studies and beyond
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Cell Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5178-7593
2010 (English)In: WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-NANOMEDICINE AND NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY, ISSN 1939-5116, Vol. 2, no 3, 260-276 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
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Cell-cell communication is critical to the development, maintenance, and function of multicellular organisms. Classical mechanisms for intercellular communication include secretion of molecules into the extracellular space and transport of small molecules through gap junctions. Recent reports suggest that cells also can communicate over long distances via a network of transient intercellular nanotubes. Such nanotubes have been shown to mediate intercellular transfer of organelles as well as membrane components and cytoplasmic molecules. Moreover, intercellular nanotubes have been observed in vivo and have been shown to enhance the transmission of pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 and prions in vitro. These studies indicate that intercellular nanotubes may play a role both in normal physiology and in disease. (C) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol 2010 2 260-276

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2010. Vol. 2, no 3, 260-276 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27916DOI: 10.1002/wnan.80ISI: 000277221800005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77953677003OAI: diva2:382802
QC 20110103Available from: 2011-01-03 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2011-01-03Bibliographically approved

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