The existence of plasma-membrane-raft microdomains has been widely debated during the past few years. However, it is clear that during lymphocyte stimulation a lipid-based reorganization occurs at the plasma membrane, with markers of the membrane rafts being selectively recruited to key active regions of the cell. Recent reports have demonstrated that membrane-raft dynamics are controlled by proteins that are linked to the actin cytoskeleton and have suggested a new model for the plasma membrane based on protein-lipid interactions. This new and dynamic view of the plasma membrane may improve our understanding of the complex process leading to cell polarization during lymphocyte migration and activation.
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