Laminin and The Cross
Posted by addisethiopia on March 19, 2016
“We have come to know LOVE by THIS: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.” [1 John 3:16 (NET Bible)]
“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” [Matthew 10:38]
This is Laminin. Do you notice its shape? Isn’t it amazing that God would think so far in the future, and make the very thing that makes us think of Jesus, make up and play a crucial role in how we are formed? God formed you to not only live as an image of Christ, but to never escape the fact that you are HIS! We are branded by the Cross! “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” Colossians 1:17
Laminin is a protein that is part of the extracellular matrix in humans and animals. The extracellular matrix (ECM) lies outside of cells and provides support and attachment for cells inside organs (along with many other functions). Laminin has “arms” that associate with other laminin molecules to form sheets and bind to cells. Laminin and other ECM proteins essentially “glue” the cells (such as those lining the stomach and intestines) to a foundation of connective tissue. This keeps the cells in place and allows them to function properly. The structure of laminin is very important for its function (as is true for all proteins). One type of congenital muscular dystrophy results from defects in laminin.