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Intercellular Communication

  • Walmor C. De Mello

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Eva B. Griepp, Jean-Paul Revel
    Pages 1-32
  3. Leonard Weiss, James P. Harlos
    Pages 33-59
  4. John D. Pitts, Malcolm E. Finbow
    Pages 61-86
  5. Walmor C. De Mello
    Pages 87-125
  6. Roobik Azarnia, William J. Larsen
    Pages 145-172
  7. A. J. Harris, W. G. Hopkins
    Pages 173-199
  8. Gilberto M. Oliveira-Castro, George A. Dos Reis
    Pages 201-230
  9. R. Douglas Powers, Joseph T. Tupper
    Pages 231-251
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 253-255

About this book

Introduction

Progress made in the last 20 years clearly indicates that the cell surface is an extremely dynamic structure involved in fundamental processes such as cell motility, innervation, and cell adhesion. Of particular interest is the finding that, in several tissues, the cell surface is differen­ tiated at the intercellular region, thereby providing communicating chan­ nels between apposing cells. Although our actual knowledge of the precise structures and mecha­ in the complex process of intercellular communication is still nisms involved scanty, evidence has been presented that ions and molecules diffuse from cell to cell, establishing a physiological continuum. Embryonic differentia­ tion, cell growth, neoplasia, electrical synchronization in nerve and mus­ cles, as well as immune response seem to be related to ceIl communication. In organizing this volume, it has been our intention to provide the reader with an actual review of the processes involved in intercellular communication in normal tissues as well as in neoplasia. We sincerely believe that the opinions and experiences described herein will be of help in establishing new perspectives for the future of this exciting new field of cell biology. We wish to thank all the colleagues who joined us in the organization of this volume, as well as Plenum Publishing Corporation for making its appearance possible.

Keywords

biology communication growth muscle nervous system organization tumor

Editors and affiliations

  • Walmor C. De Mello
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Puerto RicoSan JuanPuerto Rico

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