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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Hemidesmosome formation, which was observed along the cytoplasmic extensions, and the basal lamina located around the collagen fibres and smooth muscle were demonstrated.
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].
Alumina was never in direct contact with the bone and hemidesmosomes were not observed in the interface (5).
These connections, called hemidesmosomes, help cells stay put.