adherens junction

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adherens junction

[ad′hir·enz jəŋk·shən]
(cell and molecular biology)
An integrin-mediated anchoring junction that connects the cytoskeleton (actin filaments) of a cell to the extracellular matrix or to the cytoskeleton of surrounding cells.
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Ependymomas share a number of features with angiocentric gliomas, including a predilection for the pediatric patient population, an angiocentric growth pattern with pseudorosette formation, immunohistochemical reactivity with epithelial membrane antigen in a dotlike pattern, and ultrastructural studies demonstrating cilia and microvilli-filled microlumens bounded by elongated intermediate junctions.
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