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The ability of cells to adhere to and communicate with other cells and with the extracellular environment is crucial for morphogenesis and the maintenance of tissue integrity. A cell can adhere directly to another cell cell-cell adhesion or to components of the surrounding extracellular matrix cell-matrix adhesion. These two basic types of interactions permit the integration of cells into distinct tissues and the transfer of information among cells and with their environment. Desmosomes and hemidesmosomes serve as multi-protein complexes that link the intermediate filament-based cytoskeleton with the plasma membrane at anchorage points to adjacent cells or the underlying basement membrane, respectively. However, these Titans of cell adhesion have revealed themselves to be rather vulnerable targets of inherited, acquired and infectious diseases.

Intercellular Junctions

The organization of metazoa is based on the formation of tissues and on tissue-typical functions and these in turn are based on cell—cell connecting structures. In vertebrates, four major forms of cell junctions have been classified and the molecular composition of which has been elucidated in the past three decades: Desmosomes, which connect epithelial and some other cell types, and the almost ubiquitous adherens junctions are based on closely cis -packed glycoproteins, cadherins, which are associated head-to-head with those of the hemi-junction domain of an adjacent cell, whereas their cytoplasmic regions assemble sizable plaques of special proteins anchoring cytoskeletal filaments. In contrast, the tight junctions TJs and gap junctions GJs are formed by tetraspan proteins claudins and occludins, or connexins arranged head-to-head as TJ seal bands or as paracrystalline connexin channels, allowing intercellular exchange of small molecules. The by and large parallel discoveries of the junction protein families are reported. Additional Perspectives on Cell Junctions available at www. Abstract The organization of metazoa is based on the formation of tissues and on tissue-typical functions and these in turn are based on cell—cell connecting structures.

Cell-cell junctions

Metrics details. The integrity and organization of animal tissues depend upon specialized protein complexes that mediate adhesion between cells with each other cadherin-based adherens junctions , and with the extracellular matrix integrin-based focal adhesions. Reconstructing how and when these cell junctions evolved is central to understanding early tissue evolution in animals. We examined focal adhesion protein homologs in tissues of the freshwater sponge, Ephydatia muelleri phylum Porifera; class Demospongiae. Our principal findings are that 1 sponge focal adhesion homologs integrin, talin, focal adhesion kinase, etc. These results clarify the diversity, distribution and molecular composition of cell junctions in tissues of E.


Tight junctions restrict paracellular transportation and inhibit movement of integral membrane proteins between the different plasma membrane poles. Adherens.


Diverse cell junctions with unique molecular composition in tissues of a sponge (Porifera)

Understanding of tight junctions has evolved from their historical perception as inert solute barriers to recognition of their physiological and biochemical complexity. Many proteins are specifically localized to tight junctions, including cytoplasmic actin-binding proteins and adhesive transmembrane proteins. Among the latter are claudins, which are critical barrier proteins. The first pathway is influenced by claudin expression patterns and the second is likely controlled by different proteins and signals.

Tight Junction: An electron micrograph showing a tight junction in rat kidney tissue. The three dark lines of density correspond to the tight junction and the light lines in between correspond to the paracellular space. Imagine a largely waterproof zipper connecting the sides of two different jackets.

Importance of integrity of cell-cell junctions for the mechanics of confluent MDCK II cells

Tight Junctions

Biology of the Integument pp Cite as. Intercellular junctions are specialized regions of contact between the plasma membranes of adjacent cells. They are essential to any multicellular organism, providing the structural means by which groups of cells can adhere and interact. Within the integument of invertebrate organisms three main functional categories of junction can be identified: 1 Junctions that have an occluding function, allowing concentration gradients across an epithelium to be established and maintained; 2 Junctions that provide cell-cell or cell-substrate adhesion, allowing dissipation of local tensional stresses throughout a tissue; 3 Junctions which allow intercellular communication, providing the basis for the exchange of ions or low molecular weight substances between cells which are in intimate contact. Tight junctions, septate junctions and their tricellular components fall into the first category, belt, spot and hemidesmosomes into the second and gap junctions into the third. Unable to display preview.

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  1. Ogier L.

    organization and function of cell–cell junctions primarily involved in adhesion (​tight junc- tion, adherens junction, and desmosomes) in two different epithelial.

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