Country: United States
Date: September 2005
What keeps the human cells together?
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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