Over the last two decades, our knowledge concerning intracellular events that regulate integrins affinity to their soluble ligands has significantly improved. However, the mechanism of adhesion-induced integrin clustering and development of focal complexes, which could further mature to form focal adhesions, still remains under-investigated. Here we present a structural model of tandem IgC2 domains of skelemin in complex with the cytoplasmic tails of integrin αIIbβ3. The model of tertiary assembly is generated based upon NMR data and illuminates a potential link between the essential cell adhesion receptors and myosin filaments. This connection may serve as a basis for generating the mechanical forces necessary for cell migration and remodeling.
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