Tag Archives | journal of cell biology

Macho muscle cells force their way to fusion

In fact, according to new research from Johns Hopkins, the fusion of muscle cells is a power struggle that involves a smaller mobile antagonist that points at, pokes and finally […]

With HMGB1’s help, cells dine in

Like some people, cells eat when they are under pressure — but they consume parts of themselves. A multi-function protein helps control this form of cannibalism, according to a study […]

Cancer squeezes through the gaps

Cancer cells move around the body (become metastatic) by chopping up the dense matrix that surrounds them. But drugs that prevent the chopping have been disappointing in animal and human […]

Fat cells converted to bone

Pre-cells destined to become fat can be converted instead into true bone cells in response to outside signals, say researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. The finding could […]