Cadherin signaling: keeping cells in touch.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

F1000Research, Volume 4, Issue F1000 Faculty Rev, p.550 (2015)

Abstract:

Cadherin-catenin complexes are critical for the assembly of cell-cell adhesion structures known as adherens junctions. In addition to the mechanical linkage of neighboring cells to each other, these cell-cell adhesion protein complexes have recently emerged as important sensors and transmitters of the extracellular cues inside the cell body and into the nucleus. In the past few years, multiple studies have identified a connection between the cadherin-catenin protein complexes and major intracellular signaling pathways. Those studies are the main focus of this review.