Integrin signaling and cell growth control

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1998 Apr;10(2):220-31. doi: 10.1016/s0955-0674(98)80144-0.


Integrins contribute to cell growth by providing a physical linkage between cytoskeletal structures and the extracellular matrix, and also by participating in various signal transduction processes. The interaction of integrins with matrix ligands can generate signals in and of itself, and can also modulate signals instigated by soluble factors such as peptide mitogens. Cellular events affected by integrin-mediated signaling include motility, cell division, differentiation and programmed cell death. Elucidation of how integrin-mediated cell adhesion controls cell growth is likely to be of fundamental importance in understanding complex biological processes, such as tissue morphogenesis and tumor progression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • Cytoskeleton / metabolism
  • Cytoskeleton / physiology
  • Growth Substances / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Integrins / physiology*
  • Models, Biological
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Growth Substances
  • Integrins