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Members of four cell guidance molecule families (the netrins, slits, ephrins and semaphorins) interact with their cognate cell surface receptors to guide cells during development and maintain tissue homeostasis. Integrated structure and cell-based analyses are providing insight into the mechanisms by which these signalling systems can deliver myriad outcomes that require exquisite accuracy in timing and location. Here we review recent advances in our understanding of the roles of oligomeric states, auto-inhibition, signalling assembly size and composition in cell guidance cue function.

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Journal article


Curr Opin Struct Biol

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79 - 85