Signaling from the adherens junction

Abbye E. McEwen, David E. Escobar, Cara J. Gottardi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The cadherin/catenin complex organizes to form a structural Velcro that joins the cytoskeletal networks of adjacent cells. Functional loss of this complex arrests the development of normal tissue organization, and years of research have gone into teasing out how the physical structure of adhesions conveys information to the cell interior. Evidence that most cadherin-binding partners also localize to the nucleus to regulate transcription supports the view that cadherins serve as simple stoichiometric inhibitors of nuclear signals. However, it is also clear that cadherinbased adhesion initiates a variety of molecular events that can ultimately impact nuclear signaling. This chapter discusses these two modes of cadherin signaling in the context of tissue growth and differentiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-196
Number of pages26
JournalSub-cellular biochemistry
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cancer Research
  • Cell Biology


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