Basement membranes in skin: unique matrix structures with diverse functions?

@article{Breitkreutz2009BasementMI,
  title={Basement membranes in skin: unique matrix structures with diverse functions?},
  author={Dirk Breitkreutz and Nicolae Mirancea and Roswitha Nischt},
  journal={Histochemistry and Cell Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={132},
  pages={1-10}
}
The view of extracellular matrix (ECM) has evolved from a merely scaffolding and space filling tissue element to an interface actively controlling cellular activities and tissue functions. A highly specialized form of ECM is the basement membrane (BM), an ubiquitous sheet-like polymeric structure composed of a set of distinct glycoproteins and proteoglycans. In this review we are largely focusing on function and assembly of BM in skin (1) at the dermo-epidermal interface and (2) in the resident… 
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