Abstract:Intermediate filaments (IFs) participate in directed cell migration, but how the IF network becomes polarized in motile cells is unclear. Leduc and Etienne-Manneville show that the turnover of IF mainly relies on actin-driven retrograde flow and microtubule-driven anterograde and retrograde transport. During cell migration, Cdc42-mediated polarity signaling inhibits dynein-dependent transport to promote the polarization of the IF network.
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