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- n. Plural form of hemidesmosome.
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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.
Most components of the hemidesmosomes were downregulated in EPT1 cells compared with the parental cells, especially dystonin and keratins.
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.
Geuijen CA, Oomen LC, Calafat J, Janssen H, et al. (2000) The tetraspan molecule CD151, a novel constituent of hemidesmosomes, associates with the integrin alpha6beta4 and may regulate the spatial organization of hemidesmosomes.
Furthermore, it is a component of hemidesmosomes, which mediate attachment of epithelial cells
Muscles contact the jagged basal plasma membrane of apodemal cells by specialised junctions, the basal hemidesmosomes in wild-type larvae and a complex intracellular ECM (