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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2005 Jan;6(1):21-31.

The nuclear lamina comes of age.

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Department of Genetics, The Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, 91904 Israel.


Many nuclear proteins form lamin-dependent complexes, including LEM-domain proteins, nesprins and SUN-domain proteins. These complexes have roles in chromatin organization, gene regulation and signal transduction. Some link the nucleoskeleton to cytoskeletal structures, ensuring that the nucleus and centrosome assume appropriate intracellular positions. These complexes provide new insights into cell architecture, as well as a foundation for the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie the human laminopathies - clinical disorders that range from Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy to the accelerated ageing seen in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome.

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