Integrin signaling: cytoskeletal complexes, MAP kinase activation, and regulation of gene expression

Cell Adhes Commun. 1998;6(2-3):217-24. doi: 10.3109/15419069809004477.


Members of the integrin family of adhesion receptors mediate interactions of cells with the extracellular matrix. Besides their role in tissue morphogenesis by anchorage of cells to basement membranes and migration along extracellular matrix proteins, integrins are thought to play a key role in mediating the control of gene expression by the extracellular matrix. Studies over the past 10 years have shown that integrin-mediated cell adhesion can trigger signal transduction cascades involving translocation of proteins and protein tyrosine phosphorylation events. In this review, we discuss approaches used in our lab to study early events in integrin signalling as well as further downstream changes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases / genetics
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Cytoskeleton / chemistry
  • Cytoskeleton / enzymology*
  • Enzyme Activation / physiology
  • Extracellular Matrix / chemistry
  • Extracellular Matrix / enzymology
  • Fibroblasts / chemistry
  • Fibroblasts / cytology
  • Fibroblasts / enzymology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Humans
  • Integrins / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Integrins
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases