intercellular bridges

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in·ter·cel·lu·lar bridg·es

slender cytoplasmic strands connecting adjacent cells; in histologic sections of the epidermis and other stratified squamous epithelia, the bridges are processes without cytoplasmic continuity attached by desmosomes and are shrinkage artifacts of fixation; true bridges with cytoplasmic confluence exist between incompletely divided germ cells.

in·ter·cel·lu·lar bridges

(in'tĕr-sel'yū-lăr brij'ĕz)
Slender cytoplasmic strands connecting adjacent cells; in histologic sections the bridges are shrinkage artifacts; true bridges with cytoplasmic confluence exist between incompletely divided germ cells.
Synonym(s): cell bridges, cytoplasmic bridges.
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One explanation for this phenomenon, introduced by Wolf (1997), is that there may be a secondary fusion of cells, which could occur during gonial mitosis, where a complex system of cytoplasmic bridges connects the germ cells throughout spermatogenesis.
Some commonly found cytopathic effects include rounding, vacuolation, clustering, formation of cytoplasmic bridges, syncytia formation, inclusion body formation and cell death.

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