Myosin VI: a novel molecular apparatus for epithelial cohesion. (2010–2012)
Adhesion between cells holds the human body together and affects many aspects of our health including normal tissue and organ function. Conversely, loss of normal cell-cell adhesion contributes to major diseases, including cancer and inflammation. One key molecule, E-cadherin, is necessary for many epithelial organs and its function is perturbed in disease. This research project addresses how E-cadherin works with a cellular motor, Myosin VI, to maintain the integrity of epithelial tissues.