Stress Fibers and Microtubules in Human Breast Cancer Cells 2

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Title: Stress Fibers and Microtubules in Human Breast Cancer Cells 2
Description: Image acquired with fluorescence microscopy showing stress fibers (red) and microtubules (green) in human breast cancer cells (nuclei, blue). Microtubules and actin-containing stress fibers are important structures of a cell's cytoskeleton. Microtubules extend throughout the cell and are invovled in the transport of large protein assemblies, vesicles, and cell organelles. Stress fibers are contractile bundles made up of actin and myosin. Contraction of actin-myosin bundles enables cells to move. Analyzing the cytoskeleton of cells helps scientists to study aspects of cancer metastasis such as the migratory phenotypes of migrating and invasive tumor cells.

This image was originally submitted as part of the 2015 NCI Cancer Close Up project.
Topics/Categories: Cancer Types -- Breast Cancer
Cells or Tissue -- Abnormal Cells or Tissue
Type: Color, Photo (JPEG format)
Source: NCI Center for Cancer Research
Creator: Christina Stuelten, Carole Parent
Date Created: April 2011
Date Added: April 9, 2015
Reuse Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and can be freely reused. Please credit the source and, where possible, the creator listed above.