hemidesmosome

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hemidesmosome

[‚hem·ē′dez·mə‚sōm]
(histology)
A structure similar to a desmosome that joins a cell to its basilar membrane rather than to another cell.
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Sertoli cells were connected to each other by intercellular junctions and they were adherent to the basement membrane by hemidesmosomes.
The cytoplasmic extensions formed connections with each other, and with connective tissue in the form of hemidesmosomes.
The peptide compound hexapeptide-10 has been shown to stimulate the formation of laminin-5, alpha6-integrin, and hemidesmosomes, (4) vital building blocks of the dermo-epidermal junction that allow it to reconstruct connectivity between epidermal and dermal cells.
The authors described this tumor as consisting of intimately associated cells that contained complicated interdigitating processes, desmosomes, and hemidesmosomes, thus creating a jigsaw pattern.
Papers cover elementary integrin signaling, integrin signaling through focal adhesion kinase, the Paxillin family and tissue remodeling, adhesion dynamics in motile cells, integrin trafficking, hemidesmosomes and their components (adhesion v.
Viable cells break away from their support in a complex process involving signal transduction mechanisms (from inside to outside the cell) that result in conformational changes of the extracellular domain of desmosomes and hemidesmosomes [8].