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Semin Cell Biol. 1993 Jun;4(3):161-73.

Modulation of epithelial morphogenesis and cell fate by cell-to-cell signals and regulated cell adhesion.

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA 94305-5426.


Cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions control many developmental decisions of epithelial cell fate and morphogenesis. Protein tyrosine kinases are one class of regulatory molecules that have been implicated in the modulation of these processes. Several protein tyrosine kinases co-localize with cell-cell (cadherin) and cell-ECM (integrin) adhesion molecules at specific adhesion domains of epithelial cells. Protein tyrosine kinases may regulate epithelial development by modulating cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions and by relaying signals initiated by these interactions to other cellular components that determine cell structure and function.

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