UNIT 10.1 Overview of Extracellular Matrix
Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
Current Protocols in Cell Biology
How to Cite
Mecham, R. P. 2001. Overview of Extracellular Matrix. Current Protocols in Cell Biology. 00:10.1:10.1.1–10.1.14.
- Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
- Published Print: OCT 1998
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The extracellular matrix provides an environment for cells. It is produced, assembled and modified by cells and in turn, it modifies the functions and behavior of the cells it encounters. The molecules that make up the matrix are diverse in both structure and function. This well-illustrated unit provides an introduction to the structure and function of the major components of matrix and serves as a background for the other units in the chapter which include protocols for isolation and analysis of individual components.