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Small evaginations that serve as irregularities between the epithelium and connective tissue.

They serve where tissue is subject to friction.


Do epitheail cells show Polarity?



What does the lamina propria do?

The connective tissue that underlies the
epithelia lining of the organs of the digestive, respiratory, and
urinary systems.


the opposite end, usually facing a space,
is the....

Apical Pole


Regions of cuboidal or columnar cells
that adjoin the neighboring cells are called

The Lateral Surfaces. 

cell membranes here often have numerous infoldings to increase
the area of that surface, increasing its functional capacity.


All epithelial cells in contact with subjacent connective tissue
have at their basal surfaces a specialized, feltlike sheet of extracellularmaterial referred to as....

basement membrane


Nearest the epithelial basal poles is an electron-dense layer,
20-100 nm thick, consisting of a network of fine fibrils that

The Basal Lamina:

This lamina is made up of fine fibrils near the epithelial basal pole


reticular lamina

Lies Beneath the Basal lamina and is a more diffuse and fibrous.


The 3 parts that make up the Basal Lamina are?

Laminin: These are large glycoproteins that self-assemble
as a lacelike network immediately below the cells’ basal
poles where they are held in place by the transmembrane

■■ Type IV collagen: Monomers of type IV collagen contain
three polypeptide chains and self-assemble further
to form a feltlike layer.
■■ The laminin and type IV collagen networks are held
together by the adhesive glycoprotein entactin/
nidogen, and by perlecan, a proteoglycan.


lateral surfaces of epithelial cells exhibit several specialized
intercellular junctions, which serve different functions

The 3 are:

Tight or occluding junctions form a seal between
adjacent cells.
■■ Adherent or anchoring junctions are sites of string cell
■■ Gap junctions are channels for communication
between adjacent cells.


The seal between the membranes is due to
interactions between the transmembrane proteins known as?

and occludin of each cell.


Review the joint complexes of epithelial cells:


Most cuboidal or columnar epithelial cells have four major
types of intercellular junctional complexes.  At the apical end, 

You have tight junctions (zonulae
occludens) and adherent junctions (zonulae adherens) are
typically close together and each forms a continuous ribbon
around the cell. Multiple ridges of the tight junction prevent
passive flow of material between the cells but are not very


Gap junctions,
each a patch of many __________in the adjacent cell membranes,
have little strength but serve as intercellular channels
for flow of molecules.



Desmosomes (macula adherens)

Surface structure that helps with matching adjacent cells


What bind epithelial cells to the underlying basal lamina?



Adherent of anchoring junctions (Zonula Adherens) is done with?

Cell adhesion is mediated by cadherins in the presence of Ca2+.


After Tight Junctions, you have a second kind of junction, known as Zonula Adherens, what do they do?

encircles the epithelial cell,
usually immediately below the zonula occludens. This is an
adherent junction, firmly anchoring a cell to its neighbors.


What do Cadherins do?

They mediate cell adhesion and transmembrane
glycoproteins of each cell that interact in the presence
of Ca2+. At their cytoplasmic ends, cadherins bind catenin
that is linked via actin-binding proteins to actin filaments


What are Maculae adherens or desmosomes?

are discshaped
structures at the surface of one cell that are matched
with identical structures at an adjacent cell surface


Desmosomes (macula adherens) also contain:

larger members of the
cadherin family called desmoglein and desmocollin. On the
cytoplasmic side of each cell membrane, these proteins insert
into a dense attachment plaque of anchoring proteins (plakoglobin and desmoplakin) that bind intermediate filaments
rather than actin filaments.


The gap junction proteins, called connexins do what?

form hexameric
complexes called connexons, each of which has a central
hydrophilic pore about 1.5 nm in diameter.

When two
cells attach, connexins in the adjacent cell membranes move
laterally and align to form connexons between the two cells
(Figure 4–4), with each junction having dozens or hundreds
of aligned connexon pairs.


If you have Abnormal desmosome function, it causes



What are Hemidesmosomes?

These adhesive structures
resemble a half-desmosome ultrastructurally, but, unlike
desmosomes, they contain abundant integrins rather than
cadherins. The transmembrane integrin proteins bind the
extracellular macromolecules laminin and collagen type IV.


If you have a Defect of hemidesmosomes.....

bullous pemphigoid.


What do Microvili do and where are they located?

These modifications are specialized for absorption e.g. Small intestines where they appear as brush/striated border


If you lose the small intestine brush border.....

You will have Celiac disease


Stereocilia are a much less common type of apical process,
restricted to absorptive epithelial cells lining the epididymis
(Figure 4–9) and the proximal part of ductus deferens in the
male reproductive system.

  What do they do??

Like microvilli, stereocilia increase
the cells’ surface area, facilitating absorption. More specialized
stereocilia with a motion-detecting function are important
components of inner ear sensory cells.


What do Complexes with axonemal dyneins do?

bound to a microtubule in each doublet extend as “arms”
toward a microtubule of the next doublet. With energy from
adenosine triphosphate (ATP), dynein-powered sliding of
adjacent doublets relative to each other bends the axoneme and a rapid series of these sliding movements produces the beating motion of epithelial cilia.



... are larger than microvilli, and have the 9+2 conformation called...axoneme, which are continuous with basal bodies, which areapical cytoplasmic structures just below the cell membrane
 Basal bodies have a structure similar
to that of centrioles, with triplets of microtubules and dynamic
tubulin protofilaments forming rootlets anchoring the entire
structure to the cytoskeleton.