Following the multiplication of biochemical, biophysical and structural studies describing cadherin molecules and their interactions, several ideas have emerged to explain the mechanisms of cadherin-mediated cell adhesion. Although different models were proposed for cadherin interactions, a consensus has come forth considering lateral dimerization of cadherins as being a central component of the cell-cell adhesion process. This review summarizes the recent development in structural studies of cadherins.
- Cell adhesion
- Protein interaction