microfilament

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microfilament

[¦mī·krō′fil·ə·mənt]
(cell and molecular biology)
One of the cytoplasmic fibrous structures, about 5 nanometers in diameter, virtually identical to actin; thought to be important in the processes of phagocytosis and pinocytosis.
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Actin Microfilaments in MSCs Are Altered following Treatment with TGF[beta]1 or the Actin Polymerization Inhibitor CYD.
Therefore, we visualized two major cytoskeletal subsystems of EA.hy926 cells, the microtubules and microfilaments, using antitubulin antibodies and F-actin-specific reagent phalloidin, respectively.
"The 3D structure reinforces the uniformity of the microfilaments and increases ease of handling, making it possible to supply 3D microfilament wipes which are one-and-a-half to two times lighter than the lightweight wipes traditionally obtained using competing processes," he says.
The presence of neuropathy is usually assessed by detecting the presence or absence of sensation using a tuning-fork vibration or, 10 microgram plastic microfilaments. A simple test, which does not rely on instruments, is to "touch the toes", which has been shown to be effective (1).
Upper panels show the integrity of microtubules and microfilaments of A549 cells in interphase (upper left) and in mitosis (upper right), in the control cells.
The present findings extend previous observations by providing more direct evidence that DBP-induced germ cell aggregation results from dissolution of Sertoli-germ cell membrane cross-linking (via espin-APC), which in turn may result from the redistribution of microfilaments, such as vimentin and N-cadherin.
The resulting composites were extruded through a twin-screw microcompounder (DSM Xplore) at 230[degrees]C and 100 rpm to produce microfilaments of about 100 pm diameter.
The [beta]-catenin, specifically, binds to the cytoplasmatic portion of the E-cadherin and to the structure of actin microfilaments of the cytoskeleton as well, being involved in cell adhesion.
Intracellular connective structures are minute threads known as microtubules and microfilaments. On macro level, the connective system interconnects tissues, organs, and organs systems; hence those connective structures take various anatomical forms, such as membranes, fasciae, tendons, or ligaments.
Glomerular ultrastructure studies revealed obvious diffuse effacement of podocyte foot process, swelling of mitochondria, and disarrangement of microfilaments of the podocytes on day 3, a phenomenon that occurred before appearance of massive proteinuria.
Cellular structures such as microtubules and microfilaments are involved in vital functions such as motility, secretion, and mitosis.