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caveola

 [ka″ve-o´lah] (pl. caveo´lae) (L.)
one of the minute pits or incuppings of the cell membrane formed during pinocytosis.

cav·e·o·la

, pl.

cav·e·o·lae

(kav'ē-ō'lă, -lē), Avoid the mispronunciation caveo'la.
A small pocket, vesicle, cave, or recess communicating with the outside of a cell and extending inward, indenting the cytoplasm and the cell membrane. Such caveolae may be pinched off to form free vesicles within the cytoplasm. They are considered to be sites of uptake of materials into the cell, expulsion of materials from the cell, or sites of addition or removal of cell (unit) membrane to or from the cell surface.
[L.]

cav·e·o·la

, pl. caveolae (kā-vē'ōlă, -lē)
A small pocket, vesicle, cave, or recess communicating with the outside of a cell and extending inward, indenting the cytoplasm and the cell membrane. Caveolae are considered to be sites of uptake of materials into the cell, expulsion of materials from the cell, or addition or removal of cell (unit) membrane to or from the cell surface.
[L.]
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As shown in Figure 1(b), Cav-1 is involved in the regulation of multiple physiological processes, including caveola biogenesis, vesicular transport, cholesterol homeostasis, lipid transport, mitochondrial function, and signal transduction [22].
Por su parte, la necrosis segmentaria podria haber sido provocada por las anormalidades encontradas en la microvasculatura, particularmente con una disminucion de caveolas y vesiculas pinociticas de los capilares.
O citoplasma apical das celulas P mostrou caveolas presentes junto a membrana plasmatica apical, sendo acompanhadas de vesiculas apicais claras e de lisossomos, havendo tambem poucas lamelas do RE-granular (Figura 2b).