Regulation of cell function by extracellular matrix

H. William Schnaper*, Hynda K. Kleinman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides structural support and adhesive substrates for the body tissues. Recent advances in our understanding of the biology of matrix indicate that the ECM also plays a significant role in regulating the behavior of cells. Matrix proteins engender changes in cell shape and movement, bind growth factors, and facilitate cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Matrix-induced differentiation results from multiple stimuli that include: tensile forces on the cell, cytokine- or growth factor-mediated stimulation, and interaction with bioactive domains of matrix glycoproteins. Because these signals are important determinants of cell behavior, pharmacological manipulation of cell-matrix interactions may offer a valuable new approach to disease treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-104
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Nephrology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1993


  • Basement membrane
  • Cell-matrix interactions
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Laminin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Nephrology


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