intercellular junction


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intercellular junction

[¦in·tər′səl·yə·lər ′jəŋk·shən]
(cell and molecular biology)
Any specialized region of contact between the membranes of adjacent cells.
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Nonspecific staining was present in some control cases; these were associated with debris and exudate, or stained in a homogeneous, mostly cytoplasmic pattern (Figure 1, F through H), instead of the distinct, condensed, continuous immunoreactivity localized to the intercellular junctions of keratinocytes, as seen in pemphigus.
The research team also found that CRSBP-1 ligand molecules (PDGF-BB and VEGF-A) decrease edema in a mouse model by opening lymphatic intercellular junctions, allowing fluid to drain through the lymphatic network and causing swelling to go down.
Lead researcher Cedric Garland, professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, said that vitamin D may halt the first stage of the cancer process by re-establishing intercellular junctions in malignancies having an intact vitamin D receptor.