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integrin

Line breaks: in|teg|rin
Pronunciation: /ˈɪntəɡrɪn
 
, ɪnˈtɛɡrɪn/

Definition of integrin in English:

noun

Biochemistry
Any of a class of animal transmembrane proteins involved in the adhesion of cells to each other and to their substrate.
Example sentences
  • Transmembrane proteins, such as integrins, anchor cells to the substrate.
  • Understanding the nature of the interaction between the integrin and cell adhesion molecules can aid in the design of potent therapeutics.
  • The elucidation of the fly genome makes it relatively straightforward to generate and study mutations in proteins previously associated with integrins from other systems.

Origin

1980s: from integr- in integral + -in1.

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