Invertebrate integrins: structure, function, and evolution.

  title={Invertebrate integrins: structure, function, and evolution.},
  author={Robert D. Burke},
  journal={International review of cytology},
Integrins are a family of molecules that have fundamental roles in cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion. It is thought that all metazoan cells have one or more integrin receptors on their surface and that these molecules may have been key in the evolution of multicellularity. Knowledge of the structure, function, and distribution of integrin subunits in invertebrate phyla remains incomplete. However, through the recent use of polymerase chain reaction, integrin subunits have been identified in at… CONTINUE READING
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