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intermediate filament

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Any of a group of protein filaments that are a component of the cytoskeleton in animal cells, are composed of a variety of proteins such as lamins and keratins, and provide structural support for the cytoplasm and nucleus. Intermediate filaments are intermediate in diameter between microfilaments and microtubules, the other components of the cytoskeleton.
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The keratins are intermediate filament proteins and are important for integrity and mechanical stability of epithelial cells with the largest number of keratin genes expressed in skin.
In addition, several intermediate filament proteins such as vimentin and annexin, as well as histone H1.
4) Among the various families and sub-families of intermediate filament proteins, keratin is an important type due to its high molecular diversity.
Modulation of Intermediate Filament Proteins by Retinoids in Prostate Cancer.

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