Structural basis of cell-cell adhesion by cadherins.Shapiro, L., Fannon, A.M., Kwong, P.D., Thompson, A., Lehmann, M.S., Grubel, G., Legrand, J.F., Als-Nielsen, J., Colman, D.R., Hendrickson, W.A.
(1995) Nature 374: 327-337
- PubMed: 7885471
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/374327a0
- Primary Citation of Related Structures:
1NCG, 1NCH, 1NCI
- PubMed Abstract:
Crystal structures of the amino-terminal domain of N-cadherin provide a picture at the atomic level of a specific adhesive contact between cells. A repeated set of dimer interfaces is common to the structure in three lattices. These interactions combine to form a linear zipper of molecules that mirrors the linear structure of the intracellular filaments with which cadherins associate. This cell-adhesion zipper may provide a mechanism to marshal individual molecular adhesive interactions into strong bonds between cells.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University, New York, New York 10032.