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noun, plural: selectins

Any of the large group of cell adhesion molecules described as carbohydrate-binding adhesion receptors


Selectins are comprised of:

Selectins are found chiefly on the cell surface of white blood cells and mediate the binding of white blood cell to the endothelial cell, thus, are involved in host defense mechanisms, particularly the binding and rolling of the white blood cell to the endothelium.

The selectin family is comprised of three major groups:

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  • Goodman SR. 2008. Cell Adhesion and the Extracellular Matrix. In: Medical Cell Biology. 3rd ed. London: Academic Press. p191-226.