junctional complex


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junctional complex

[′jəŋk·shən·əl ¦käm‚pleks]
(cell and molecular biology)
Any specialized area of intercellular adhesion.
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IPEC-J2 cells become polarized after formation of apical junctional complex and the rate of functional integrity can be measured via development of transepithelial electrical resistance (TER).
Beneath the junctional complex the lateral plasma membranes appeared to separate and formed well-marked intercellular channels.
Transforming growth factor beta l modulates extracellular matrix organization and cell-cell junctional complex during in vitro angiogenesis J Cell Physiol 1990; 142: 117-28.
Polar tissue: a single or multiple layer of cells with an apical belt-shaped junctional complex, mostly parallel cell polarity, and the extracellular matrix deposited on apical (cuticles) or basal (basal matrix) surfaces (Rieger, 1986; Rieger and Lombardi, 1987).
Both of the ciliated and nonciliated cells are attached to neighboring cells by a junctional complex composed of three different components, including the segmented or incomplete tight junction between adjacent nonciliated cells (Suzuki and Nagano, 1978).