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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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Electron microscopy found cytoplasmic whorls of intermediate filaments, some of which displaced the nucleus (Figure 3).
The intermediate filaments are assembled from keratin monomers and the cornified envelope is assembled from a protein called involucrin and several other proteins.
When perturbed, it produces copious amounts of thick slime made of mucus reinforced with long threads of proteins called intermediate filaments (IF); these proteins are also found in the cytoskeleton of all cells.
9] Cytokeratin (CK) intermediate filaments are part of the cytoskeleton of epithelial cells.
Tumor cells usually contain intermediate filaments, have cell junctions, and may contain glycogen, dense core granules, and neurotubles.
Neoplastic cells were positive for vimentin and negative for desmin and actin and showed ultrastructural features (dilated stacks of rough endoplasmic reticulum, intermediate filaments, rare collagen secretion granules, lack of external lamina) typical of fibroblasts.
Intermediate filaments (IFs) participate in key mechanical functions and play a role in preventing excess large cell stretch.
It consists mainly of intermediate filaments called lamins and microfilaments cal led act ins and DNA topoisomeraseII (Fig.
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Now, Christine Jacobs-Wagner of Yale University and her colleagues report that crescentin forms strands resembling intermediate filaments, which are yet another component of the skeleton in animal cells.

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