Cell adhesion molecules and extracellular-matrix constituents in kidney development and disease

Ulrich Müller, André W. Brändli

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Abstract

Functional analyses of cell-matrix interactions during kidney organogenesis have provided compelling evidence that extracellular-matrix glycoproteins and their receptors play instructive roles during kidney development. Two concepts are worthy of emphasis. First, matrix molecules appear to regulate signal transduction pathways, either by activating cell-surface receptors such as integrins directly or by modulating the activity of signaling molecules such as WNTs. Second, basement membranes are highly organized structures and have distinct molecular compositions, which are optimized for their diverse functions, The importance of these findings is highlighted by the fact that mutations affecting basement-membrane components lead to inherited forms of kidney disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3855-3867
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of cell science
Volume112
Issue number22
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Basement membrane
  • Cell adhesion
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Kidney development
  • Renal disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology

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