Specific tetraspanin functions

J Cell Biol. 2001 Dec 24;155(7):1103-7. doi: 10.1083/jcb.200108061. Epub 2001 Dec 24.


Relatively little attention has been given to the large family of abundantly expressed transmembrane proteins known as tetraspanins. Now, the importance of tetraspanins is strongly supported by emerging genetic evidence, coupled with new insights into the biochemistry and functions of tetraspanin protein complexes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / physiology
  • Humans
  • Mammals
  • Membrane Proteins / physiology*
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / physiology*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / physiology
  • Tetraspanins


  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • TSPAN2 protein, human
  • Tetraspanins
  • Tspan5 protein, mouse