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WormBook. 2006 Jan 13:1-21.

Epithelial junctions and attachments.

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Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire CNRS/INSERM/ULP, BP 10142, 67404 Illkirch Cedex France. lmichel@igbmc.u-strasbg.fr

Abstract

A distinctive feature of polarized epithelial cells is their specialized junctions, which contribute to cell integrity and provide platforms to orchestrate cell shape changes. The chapter discusses the composition and assembly of C. elegans cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix junctions, proteins that anchor the cytoskeleton and mechanisms involved in establishing epithelial polarity. The focus remains cellular and does not properly deal with epithelial cells in the context of the developing embryo.

PMID:
18050482
PMCID:
PMC4781617
DOI:
10.1895/wormbook.1.56.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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