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Nat Cell Biol. 2002 Apr;4(4):E83-90.

Sensing the environment: a historical perspective on integrin signal transduction.

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  • 1Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA.


Cell adhesion mediated by integrin receptors has a critical function in organizing cells in tissues and in guiding haematopoietic cells to their sites of action. However, integrin adhesion receptors have broader functions in regulating cell behaviour through their ability to transduce bi-directional signals into and out of the cell and to engage in reciprocal interactions with other cellular receptors. This historical perspective traces the key findings that have led to our current understanding of these important functions of integrins.

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