Cell adhesion in epidermal development and barrier formation.

Journal Article (Review)

Cell-cell adhesions are necessary for structural integrity and barrier formation of the epidermis. Here, we discuss insights from genetic and cell biological studies into the roles of individual cell-cell junctions and their composite proteins in regulating epidermal development and function. In addition to individual adhesive functions, we will discuss emerging ideas on mechanosensation/transduction of junctions in the epidermis, noncanonical roles for adhesion proteins, and crosstalk/interdependencies between the junctional systems. These studies have revealed that cell adhesion proteins are connected to many aspects of tissue physiology including growth control, differentiation, and inflammation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sumigray, KD; Lechler, T

Published Date

  • January 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 112 /

Start / End Page

  • 383 - 414

PubMed ID

  • 25733147

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-8933

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0070-2153

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/bs.ctdb.2014.11.027


  • eng