• Crawley SW, Mooseker MS, Tyska MJ. Shaping the intestinal brush border. The Journal of cell biology. 2014 Nov 24;207(4). 441-451. PMID: 25422372 [PubMed]. PMCID: PMC4242837.

Abstract 

Epithelial cells from diverse tissues, including the enterocytes that line the intestinal tract, remodel their apical surface during differentiation to form a brush border: an array of actin-supported membrane protrusions known as microvilli that increases the functional capacity of the tissue. Although our understanding of how epithelial cells assemble, stabilize, and organize apical microvilli is still developing, investigations of the biochemical and physical underpinnings of these processes suggest that cells coordinate cytoskeletal remodeling, membrane-cytoskeleton cross-linking, and extracellular adhesion to shape the apical brush border domain.