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Date: September 2005


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What keeps the human cells together?



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Protein molecules that are imbedded in the cell membrane of one cell bind to protein or carbohydrate molecules imbedded in the membrane of an adjacent cell thus holding the two cells together. These molecules are called "cell adhesion molecules" or integrins. Using a search engine like Google, for example, search for integrins and/or cell adhesion molecules to learn more.

Ron Baker, Ph.D.



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