Volume 92 Issue 6 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 10, 2014

Cells Have Separate Social And Private Lives

The ability of cells to secrete and then sense their own chemical signals affects cell dynamics
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: signaling, secrete-and-sense, yeast, pheromones

The fact that cells produce signaling molecules that are readily recognized by other cells is understandable. What’s more mysterious is why almost all cells in nature, from one-celled organisms to cells in humans, are also capable of detecting their own chemical signals. Hyun Youk and Wendell A. Lim of the University of California, San Francisco, have now shown that this “secrete and sense” property is crucial for a host of complex . . .

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