The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Identification of a neuronal laminin receptor: an Mr 200K/120K integrin heterodimer that binds laminin in a divalent cation-dependent manner.

Neuronal interactions with extracellular matrix ( ECM) components are crucial for axon growth and guidance during development and nerve regeneration. Laminin (LN), a prominent ECM glycoprotein, promotes neuronal survival and axon growth. To identify neuronal receptors for LN, we looked for cell surface proteins on the neuronal cell line B50 that bind LN. An integrin alpha/beta 1 dimeric receptor was identified and purified using lectin and LN affinity chromatography. The purified integrin contains two subunits with Mrs of 200 K and 120 K that bind LN specifically in the presence, but not the absence, of divalent cations (Ca2+/Mg2+ or Ca2+/Mn2+). The Mr 120 K protein was identified as the rat integrin beta 1 subunit using two beta 1 subunit-specific antibodies, and was shown to form a noncovalent complex with the Mr 200K putative alpha subunit. Since neurons and neuronal cell lines express similar integrin beta 1-class heterodimers that mediate attachment and process outgrowth on LN, the Mr 200K/120K complex identified here is likely to be an important laminin receptor used by neurons. This integrin may also mediate binding to LN by many nonneuronal cell types.[1]


WikiGenes - Universities