I bracketed that e-mail and promised myself I would look into it.
Well, I did, and it is true, confirmed by TruthOrFiction.com:
Laminin is defined by the Webster Medical Dictionary as a “glycoprotein that is a component of connective tissue basement membrane and that promotes cell adhesion.” In other words, looking at laminin as a kind of glue isn’t far from the truth….
In their book The Laminins authors Peter Elkblom and Rupert Timpl…They describe laminins that, together with other proteins, “hold cells and tissues together.” They also say, “Electron microscopy reveals a cross-like shape for all laminins investigated so far.”
This is what Wikipedia says about Laminin:
Laminins are major proteins in the basal lamina (formerly improperly called “basement membrane”), a protein network foundation for most cells and organs. The laminins are an important and biologically active part of the basal lamina, influencing cell differentiation, migration, adhesion as well as phenotype and survival.
Laminins are [also called] trimeric proteins [because they] contain an α-chain, a β-chain, and a γ-chain….The trimeric proteins intersect to form a cross-like structure that can bind to other cell membrane and extracellular matrix molecules….
The laminins are a family of glycoproteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding in almost every tissue of an organism…. Laminin is vital for the maintenance and survival of tissues. Defective laminins can cause muscles to form improperly, leading to a form of muscular dystrophy, lethal skin blistering disease (junctional epidermolysis bullosa) and defects of the kidney filter (nephrotic syndrome).
And here’s a diagram of Laminin:
How amazing is that!
Like the Cross on which our beloved Lord, Jesus the Christ, was crucified so that we may be saved, the laminin crosses in our flesh-and-blood bodies also give us life — until we leave this mortal coil to join Him in eternal life.