Invadosomes are coming: new insights into function and disease relevance

Elyse K. Paterson, Sara A. Courtneidge

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Invadopodia and podosomes are discrete, actin-based molecular protrusions that form in cancer cells and normal cells, respectively, in response to diverse signaling pathways and extracellular matrix cues. Although they participate in a host of different cellular processes, they share a common functional theme of controlling pericellular proteolytic activity, which sets them apart from other structures that function in migration and adhesion, including focal adhesions, lamellipodia, and filopodia. In this review, we highlight research that explores the function of these complex structures, including roles for podosomes in embryonic and postnatal development, in angiogenesis and remodeling of the vasculature, in maturation of the postsynaptic membrane, in antigen sampling and recognition, and in cell–cell fusion mechanisms, as well as the involvement of invadopodia at multiple steps of the metastatic cascade, and how all of this may apply in the treatment of human disease states. Finally, we explore recent research that implicates a novel role for exosomes and microvesicles in invadopodia-dependent and invadopodia-independent mechanisms of invasion, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-27
Number of pages20
JournalFEBS Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • 3D growth
  • F-actin
  • MT1-MMP
  • Tks5
  • degradation
  • invadopodia
  • invadosome
  • invasion
  • metastasis
  • podosomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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