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The Prospects of Cadherin-23 as a Mediator of Homophilic Cell-Cell Adhesion

  • Malay Kumar Sannigrahi
  • Sai Srinivas
  • Sabyasachi Rakshit
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Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1112)

Abstract

Cadherins (calcium-dependent adhesion proteins) constitute a family of cell surface proteins that mediate cell-cell adhesion and actively participate in tissue morphogenesis and in mediating tissue integrity. The ecto-domains of cadherins from opposing cell surfaces interact with each other to form the load-bearing trans-dimers and mechanically hold cells together. The “classical” cadherins and desmosomes that form separate groups in cadherin superfamily are mostly explored for their roles in cell-cell adhesion. However, majority of cadherins in cells belong to “nonclassical” group which is poorly explored in the context of their cell-binding properties. This review focuses on the role of “nonclassical” cadherin, cadherin-23, in cell-cell adhesion. Overall, this review highlights the need for further investigations on the role of “nonclassical” cadherin-23 in cell-cell adhesion.

Keywords

Nonclassical cadherins Cadherin-23 Cell-cell adhesion Cancer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malay Kumar Sannigrahi
    • 1
  • Sai Srinivas
    • 1
  • Sabyasachi Rakshit
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical SciencesIndian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) MohaliMohaliIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Protein Science Design and EngineeringIndian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) MohaliMohaliIndia

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