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Epidermal cells adhere preferentially to type IV (basement membrane) collagen.

Epidermal cells from adult guinea pig skin attach and differentiate preferentially on substrates of type IV (basement membrane) collagen, compared to those of types I--III collagen. In contrast, guinea pig dermal fibroblasts attach equally well to all four collagen substrates. Fibronectin mediates the attachment of fibroblasts but not of epidermal cells to collagen.[1]


  1. Epidermal cells adhere preferentially to type IV (basement membrane) collagen. Murray, J.C., Stingl, G., Kleinman, H.K., Martin, G.R., Katz, S.I. J. Cell Biol. (1979) [Pubmed]
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