Do T-cells swim?

Ken Frauwirth BioKen frauwirt at notmendel.Berkeley.EDU
Fri Sep 2 15:20:27 EST 1994


Although T cells probably cannot "swim", as we think of it (i.e. move 
directionally when suspended in liquid), they definitely can crawl.  T cells
use pseudopodia (like amoebae) to move along a surface.  Thus, a T cell that
is in a small capillary can crawl along the inner surface toward a signal, 
and T cells that are in other tissues (as in an immune response) can use the
extracellular matrix as a crawling surface.

BioKen

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