Plasma membrane components of adherens junctions (Review)

Mol Membr Biol. Apr-Jun 2002;19(2):75-80. doi: 10.1080/09687680210132467.


This review focuses on the three known plasma membrane components of adherens junctions: E-cadherin, nectin-2 and vezatin. The structures of these three components are discussed, with particular emphasis on the molecular mechanisms by which E-cadherin and nectin-2 promote cell adhesion.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adherens Junctions / metabolism*
  • Cadherins / metabolism*
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / metabolism*
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Nectins


  • Cadherins
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Nectins