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Neuron. 2005 Jul 21;47(2):175-8.

Cadherins: actin with the cytoskeleton to form synapses.

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Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Brain Research Centre, University of British Columbia, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. shernaz.bamji@ubc.ca

Abstract

Classic cadherins are calcium-dependent homophilic cell adhesion molecules that are enriched at synapses and thought to function in target recognition and adhesion at synaptic junctions. This brief review highlights evidence that cadherins and their associated catenins play a role in directing the development of pre- and postsynaptic specializations. In particular, the question of whether cadherin regulation of the actin cytoskeleton at discrete contact sites translates into the assembly of synaptic compartments will be explored.

PMID:
16039559
DOI:
10.1016/j.neuron.2005.06.024
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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