NADPH Oxidases pp 473-485 | Cite as

Model Systems to Investigate NOX-Dependent Cell Migration and Invasiveness

  • Howard E. Boudreau
  • Thomas L. LetoEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1982)


There is mounting evidence indicating that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a crucial role in cell migration and invasion. Our previous studies have demonstrated the NADPH oxidase (NOX) family of enzymes are a source of ROS in different cell types undergoing migration. Several NOX enzymes are induced or activated in processes including wound repair and maintenance of epithelial barriers, as well as in promoting metastatic cell migration and invasiveness. This chapter outlines three different in vitro assays used to examine how NOX enzymes are involved in cell motility: scratch-wound repair, Matrigel invasion, and migration from confluent cell monolayer boundaries created by cell culture inserts. The three methods provide a range of experimental approaches for delineating roles of NOX enzymes in cell migration through manipulation of the expression or activities of the endogenous or overexpressed oxidases.

Key words

Cell migration Cell invasion Wound healing NADPH oxidase NOX1 NOX4 p53 TGF-β 



This work was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Clinical Immunology and MicrobiologyNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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