The collagen family members as cell adhesion proteins.

  title={The collagen family members as cell adhesion proteins.},
  author={Jyrki Heino},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  volume={29 10},
  • Jyrki Heino
  • Published 2007 in
    BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular…
The collagen family of extracellular matrix proteins has played a fundamental role in the evolution of multicellular animals. At the present, 28 triple helical proteins have been named as collagens and they can be divided into several subgroups based on their structural and functional properties. In tissues, the cells are anchored to collagenous structures. Often the interaction is indirect and mediated by matrix glycoproteins, but cells also express receptors, which have the ability to… CONTINUE READING

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