Integrin-mediated signal transduction

Cell Mol Life Sci. 1998 Jun;54(6):514-26. doi: 10.1007/s000180050180.


Integrins, expressed on virtually every cell type, are proteins that mediated cellular interactions with components of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and cell surface integral plasma membrane proteins. In addition, integrins interact with the cytoskeleton and through this process participate in cell migration, tissue organization, cell growth, haemostasis, inflammation, target recognition of lymphocytes and the differentiation of many cell types. Signals generated from ligand-integrin interactions are propagated via the integrin cytoplasmic tails to signal transduction pathways within the cell (outside-in signalling). Information from within the cell can also be transmitted to the outside via integrin affinity modulation (inside-out signalling). Protein tyrosine phosphorylation has a central role in integrin-initiated cell signalling, leading to cytoskeletal organization and focal adhesion formation. This review will examine the current understanding of integrin function, focusing on the intracellular consequences of integrin-ligand interaction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / physiology
  • Cytoskeleton / physiology
  • Enzyme Activation / physiology
  • Focal Adhesion Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Integrins / physiology*
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism
  • Phosphatidylinositols / physiology
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Binding / physiology
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / physiology
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Integrins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Phosphatidylinositols
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Focal Adhesion Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Calcium