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Bioessays. 1997 Jan;19(1):47-55.

Integrin-mediated calcium signaling and regulation of cell adhesion by intracellular calcium.

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


Integrins are ubiquitous trans-membrane adhesion molecules that mediate the interaction of cells with the extracellular matrix (ECM). Integrins link cells to the ECM by interacting with the cell cytoskeleton. In cases such as leukocyte binding, integrins mediate cell-cell interactions and cell-ECM interactions. Recent research indicates that integrins also function as signal transduction receptors, triggering a number of intracellular signaling pathways that regulate cell behavior and development. A number of integrins are known to stimulate changes in intracellular calcium levels, resulting in integrin activation. Although changes in intracellular calcium regulate a vast number of cellular functions, this review will discuss the stimulation of calcium signaling by integrins and the role of intracellular calcium in the regulation of integrin-mediated adhesion.

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