What are the functions of type VII collagen ?

My book says it 'binds type IV collagen', does that just mean it binds type IV collagens together to form a sheet or a network of type IV collagen for the basal lamina?

I'm confused because shouldn't that mean that type VII collagen is also found in the basal lamina?

Another function my book states is 'links fibrillar collagens to form larger fibres'

Does that mean that collagen VII is part of fibres ? Or does it just link fibrillar collagen and stay out of the fibre ?


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