Topic Completed: 1 October 2013

Revised: 4 March 2019

Copyright: 2003-2015,, Inc.

PubMed Search: cadherins[title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Pernick N. Cadherins. website. Accessed November 13th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • See also E-cadherin, N-cadherin
  • Molecules that establish links between adjacent cells by forming zipper like structures at adherens junctions
  • Linked to cytoskeleton via catenins (cadherin to beta catenin, beta catenin to alpha catenin, alpha catenin to actin) to stabilize adherens junction
  • Homophilic interactions (like-like) causes clustering of embryonic cells with others from same tissue
  • Loss of cadherins may be first step in giving cells invasive properties
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