Contents. List of Contributors. Preface (H.K. Kleinman). Collagen: A Family of Proteins with Many Facets (M. van der Rest, R. Garrone, and D. Herbage). Proteoglycan Gene Families (J.R. Hassell, T.C. Blochberger, J.A. Rada, S. Chakravarti, and D. Noonan). Structure-Function of Thrombospondins: Regulation of Fibrinolysis and Cell Adhesion (D.F. Mosher, X. Sun, J. Sottile, and P.J. Hogg). Elastin (W.C. Parks, R.A. Pierce, K.A. Lee, and R.P. Mecham). Structure and Function of Basement Membrane Components: Laminin, Nidogen, Collagen IV, and BM-40 (M. Aumailley). Extracellular Matrix and Bone Morphogenetic Proteins in Cartilage and Bone Development and Repair (S.Vukicevic, W.M. Paralkar, and A.H. Reddi). Integrins: Structure, Function, and Biological Properties (D.A. Cheresh). The Role of the Extracellular Matrix in Tumor Growth (R. Fridman). Some Aspects of Inborn and Acquired Connective Tissue Diseases: A Special Emphasis on Renal Disease (A. Noel, J.A. Bruijn, E.C. Bergijk, and J.M. Foidart). Index.