Cell-to-Cell Contacts

  • Ruth M. Henderson


Contacts between cells vary in both type and quantity between different smooth muscles, as do the innervation and certain intracellular organelles. The types of contacts which have been described include nexuses or gap junctions, intermediate contacts or desmosome-like attachments, protrusions from one cell into another, and regions of close apposition without membrane or cytoplasmic modification (Figure 1 and Gabella, 1972).


Smooth Muscle Tight Junction Circular Muscle Lanthanum Nitrate Longitudinal Muscle Layer 
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  • Ruth M. Henderson
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  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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