Junctional Adhesion Molecules (JAMs): The JAM-Integrin Connection
AbstractJunctional adhesion molecules (JAMs) are cell surface adhesion receptors of the immunoglobulin superfamily. JAMs are involved in a variety of biological processes both in the adult organism but also during development. These include processes such as inflammation, angiogenesis, hemostasis, or epithelial barrier formation, but also developmental processes such as hematopoiesis, germ cell development, and development of the nervous system. Several of these functions of JAMs depend on a physical and functional interaction with integrins. The JAM – integrin interactions in trans regulate cell-cell adhesion, their interactions in cis regulate signaling processes originating at the cell surface. The JAM – integrin interaction can regulate the function of the JAM as well as the function of the integrin. Beyond the physical interaction with integrins, JAMs can regulate integrin function through intracellular signaling indicating an additional level of JAM – integrin cross-talk. In this review, we describe the various levels of the functional interplay between JAMs and integrins and the role of this interplay during different physiological processes. View Full-Text
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Kummer, D.; Ebnet, K. Junctional Adhesion Molecules (JAMs): The JAM-Integrin Connection. Cells 2018, 7, 25.
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Kummer, Daniel; Ebnet, Klaus. 2018. "Junctional Adhesion Molecules (JAMs): The JAM-Integrin Connection." Cells 7, no. 4: 25.
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