Intermediate filaments and the plasma membrane

Jonathan C.R. Jones*, Chen Yuan Kam, Robert M. Harmon, Alexandra V. Woychek, Susan B. Hopkinson, Kathleen J. Green

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Avariety of intermediate filament (IF) types show intricate association with plasma membrane proteins, including receptors and adhesion molecules. The molecular basis of linkage of IFs to desmosomes at sites of cell-cell interaction and hemidesmosomes at sites of cell-matrix adhesion has been elucidated and involves IF-associated proteins. However, IFs also interact with focal adhesions and cell-surface molecules, including dystroglycan. Through such membrane interactions, it is well accepted that IFs play important roles in the establishment and maintenance of tissue integrity. However, by organizing cell-surface complexes, IFs likely regulate, albeit indirectly, signaling pathways that are key to tissue homeostasis and repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbera025866
JournalCold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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