intercellular junctions


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in·ter·cel·lu·lar junc·tions

specializations of the cellular margins that contribute to the adhesion or allow for communication between cells; they include the macula adherens (desmosome), zonula adherens, zonula occludens, and nexus (gap junction).

intercellular junctions

The microscopic space between cells. These spaces are important in assisting the transfer of small molecules across capillary walls. These junctions may be widened by chemical or physical factors and are acted on by chemical mediators of inflammation to increase vascular permeability.
See also: intercellular
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com/ ), was usually located in tunica adventitia of aorta, not in tunica media, and no direct intercellular junctions were found between them and SMCs.
The cells lose their connections to the basal lamina and perhaps to each other, since we found no intercellular junctions.
In the early stages of restoration, on days 1-2 after autotomy, we found no intercellular junctions between the cells of the stomach remnant.
The adjacent cells are joined to each other by intercellular junctions.
It is worth noting that the dedifferentiated coelomic epithelial cells are joined together by intercellular junctions and migrate as a continuous epithelial sheet rather than as individual cells.
Although ultrastructural features of the tumor favored lymphoma, one had to bear in mind that a third of adrenal cortical carcinomas do not show convincing evidence of steroid-cell differentiation, their amount of intracytoplasmic lipid can be scanty, and their intercellular junctions can be sparse.
Intercellular junctions were seen, but well-formed desmosomes were not present.