Fertilin β and other ADAMs as integrin ligands: insights into cell adhesion and fertilization

  title={Fertilin β and other ADAMs as integrin ligands: insights into cell adhesion and fertilization},
  author={J. Evans},
  • J. Evans
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • BioEssays
  • One of the most important cell–cell interactions is that of the sperm with the egg. This interaction, which begins with cell adhesion and culminates with membrane fusion, is mediated by multiple molecules on the gametes. One of the best‐characterized of these molecules is fertilin β, a ligand on mammalian sperm and one of the first ADAMs (A Disintegrin and A Metalloprotease domain) to be identified. Fertilin β (also known as ADAM2) participates in sperm–egg membrane binding, and it has long… CONTINUE READING
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