About this series
Extracellular matrix (ECM) biology, which includes the functional complexities of ECM molecules, is an important area of cell biology. Individual ECM protein components are unique in terms of their structure, composition and function, and each class of ECM macromolecule is designed to interact with other macromolecules to produce the unique physical and signaling properties that support tissue structure and function. ECM ties everything together into a dynamic biomaterial that provides strength and elasticity, interacts with cell-surface receptors, and controls the availability of growth factors. Topics in this series include cellular differentiation, tissue development and tissue remodeling. Each volume provides an in-depth overview of a particular topic, and offers a reliable source of information for post-graduates and researchers alike. "Biology of Extracellular Matrix" is published in collaboration with the American Society for Matrix Biology.