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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Zonula adherens formation in Caenorhabditis elegans requires dlg-1, the homologue of the Drosophila gene discs large.
La separacion de los acumulos celulares y los cambios morfologicos inducidos en la monocapa se debe a que la toxina hidroliza el dominio extracelular de la E-cadherina, proteina primaria de la zonula adherens, de esta manera altera la adhesion celular e incrementa la permeabilidad del epitelio, causando la redistribucion intracelular de la actina, con cambios morfologicos en las celulas (16).
They are connected together through junctional complexes consisting of an apical zonula adherens and a subapical septate desmosome, but they do not attach to the basal lamina.