Definition of integrin in English:

integrin

noun

Biochemistry
  • Any of a class of animal transmembrane proteins involved in the adhesion of cells to each other and to their substrate.

    • ‘The expression of integrins on the cell surface facilitates adhesion.’
    • ‘Understanding the nature of the interaction between the integrin and cell adhesion molecules can aid in the design of potent therapeutics.’
    • ‘The elucidation of the fly genome makes it relatively straightforward to generate and study mutations in proteins previously associated with integrins from other systems.’
    • ‘This process is coordinately regulated by the spatial and temporal expression of integrins across the cell surface.’
    • ‘Transmembrane proteins, such as integrins, anchor cells to the substrate.’

Origin

1980s: from integr- in integral + -in.

Pronunciation:

integrin

/ˈɪntəɡrɪn//ɪnˈtɛɡrɪn/