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Related to zonula adherens: macula adherens
a beltlike attachment, similar to a desmosome, between columnar epithelial cells; supported by cytoplasmic filaments.
Synonym(s): intermediate junction
Adherens JunctionA protein complex located at the junction between epithelial cells, which are subjected to stretching and pulling, yet require tight contact between them so they can function as a single unit. Adherens junctions are linked to the cell’s actin cytoskeleton, and take two forms: as bands encircling the cell—zonula adherens—or as “spot welds” to the extracellular matrix—adhesion plaques. Adherens junctions are composed of 4 principle proteins: cadherins and alpha-catenin, plakoglobulin (aka beta or gamma catenin) and p120 (aka delta catenin).
zo·nu·la ad·he·rens(zōnyū-lă ad-hērenz)
Beltlike attachment, similar to a desmosome, between columnar epithelial cells; supported by cytoplasmic filaments. Also called intermediate junction.