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  • n. Plural form of desmosome.


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  • Most of the mutations that cause ARVC are in genes encoding components of a type of cell junctions called "desmosomes," which are particularly abundant in tissues that experience great mechanical force, such as the heart.

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  • Nutrients enter the bloodstream through capillaries at the cells 'base. 4a Proper absorption Desmosomes bind cells together tightly, allowing only small nutrient molecules to pass between them. 4b Leaky But Irritation weakens desmosomes, opening gaps between the cells and letting larger molecules and bacteria pass.

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  • Structures called hemidesmosomes (desmosomes being structures connecting epithelial cells to the basement membrane, BM) have been likened to spot welds connecting each epithelial cell and keratinocyte to the laminin molecules in the basement membrane.

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  • In synovium-MSCs, elongated cells accumulated with small desmosomes and intercellular spaces could occasionally be seen.

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  • "ARVC has been linked to genetic mutations in proteins that form desmosomes, subcellular structures responsible for cell-to-cell adhesion," explains Saffitz, whose laboratory studies connections between cells in the heart and their relationship to arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. - latest science and technology news stories

  • Cell junctions, especially adherens junctions, tight junctions and desmosomes, are required for the epithelial phenotype and keeping neighbouring epithelial cells strongly attached to each other

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  • The dynamic formation and dissolution of cell-cell junctional complexes is a central process during EMT Using Agilent Whole Human Genome Microarray data, we compared the expression patterns of genes involved in adherens junctions, tight junctions and desmosomes between EP156T cells and EPT1 cells.

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  • The gene expression of entire modules of cell junctions such as adherens junctions, gap junctions, tight junctions, desmosomes and hemidesmosomes were downregulated almost simultaneously as EPT1 arose from EP156T cells.

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  • Haversian system: this is another way to describe an osteon 21. intercalated disc: an irregular transverse thickening of the cardiac muscle cell membrane containing both desmosomes and gap junctions 22. lacuna: a small, hollow space in cartilage or bone tissue in which living cells are found 23. leukocyte: a white blood cell 24. mesothelium: the layer of simple squamous epithelium that lines the serous membranes of the thoracic and abdominopelvic cavities and covers the organs within them 25. microvilli: the microscopic, fingerlike projections of a cell's plasma membrane that increase the surface area available for absorption 26. muscle fiber: an elongated contractile cell that forms the muscles of the body 27. neuroglia: a cell of the nervous system that protects and supports neurons

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