hemidesmosomes


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hem·i·des·mo·somes

(hem'ē-des'mō-sōmz),
Adhering junctions that occur on the basal surface of the stratum basale of stratified squamous epithelium.

hem·i·des·mo·somes

(hem'ē-des'mō-sōmz)
Half desmosomes that occur on the basal surface of the stratum basale of stratified squamous epithelium.

hemidesmosomes

areas of thickened cellular membrane where filaments attach cells to the basal lamina, and transmembrane elements link the extracellular matrix to intracellular microfilaments; part of the cellular cytoskeleton
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Hemidesmosome formation, which was observed along the collagen fibres and extensions, was demonstrated.
Although the basal cells lose lateral desmosomal contact with their neighbors, the hemidesmosomes are unaffected.
Alumina was never in direct contact with the bone and hemidesmosomes were not observed in the interface (5).
These connections, called hemidesmosomes, help cells stay put.
Pre-embedding immunoelectron microscopy of freshly isolated keratinocytes showed that certain hemidesmosomes from aged cells had little or no reaction with anti-beta4-chain antibody.
Ultrastructural studies have documented abundant cytoplasmic glycogen, premelanosomes, thin filaments with occasional dense bodies, hemidesmosomes, and poorly formed intercellular junctions in PEComas.
Jones of Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago also told the meeting that he and his colleagues have found a particular integrin at the core of cell structures called hemidesmosomes.