The proliferation of extracellular matrix family members reflects the progress in cloning techniques in recent years. PCR, in particular, has made a tremendous difference. These technical advances are covered in this volume.


Biochemists, molecular biologists, cell biologists, physiologists, developmental biologists, and biophysicists.

Table of Contents

Extracellular Matrix Proteins: N. Fukai, S.S. Apte, and B.R. Olsen, Nonfibrillar Collagens. L.Y. Sakai and D.R. Keene, Fibrillin: Monomers and Microfibrils. S. Schenk and R. Chiquet-Ehrisman, Tenascins. P. Bornstein and E.H. Sage, Thrombospondins. U.M. Wewer and E. Engvall, Laminins. R.U. Margolis and R.K. Margolis, Aggrecan(Versican(Neurocan Family of Proteoglycans. Receptors: R.H. Kramer, Characterization of Laminin-Binding Integrins. S.A. Santoro, M.M. Zutter, J.E. Wu, W.D. Staatz, E.U.M. Saelman, and P.J. Keely, Analysis of Collagen Receptors. R.J. Faull, X. Du, and M.H. Ginsberg, Receptors on Platelets. I. Stamenkovic and A. Aruffo, Hyaluronic Acid Receptors. Extracellular Matrix Components That Do Not Self-Assemble: A.C. Rapraeger, S. Guimond, A. Krufka, and B.B. Olwin, Regulation by Heparan Sulfate in Fibroblast Growth Factor Signaling. J.R. Harper, R.C. Spiro, W.A. Gaarde, R.N. Tamura, M.D. Pierschbacher, N.A. Noble, K.K. Stecker, and W.A. Border, Role of Transforming Growth Factor ( and Decorin in Controlling Fibrosis. Extracellular Matrix in Invertebrates: J.E. Schwarzbauer, F. Musset-Bilal, and C.S. Ryan, Extracellular Calcium-Binding Protein SPARC/Osteonectin in Caenorhabditis elegans. L.I. Fessler, R.E. Nelson, and J.H. Fessler, Drosophila Extracellular Matrix. Modern Methods in Extracellular Matrix Research: F.G. Giancotti, L. Spinardi, F. Mainiero,and R. Sanders, Expression of Heterologous Integrin Genes in Cultured Eukaryotic Cells. B.G. Hoffstrom and E.A. Wayner


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