The desmogleins are a family of cadherins consisting of proteins DSG1, DSG2, DSG3, and DSG4. They play a role in the formation of desmosomes that join cells to one another.


Desmogleins are targeted in the autoimmune disease pemphigus.[1][2][3]


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