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Any of the actin-containing filaments that are found in the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells and are involved in generating cell movement, providing structural support, and organizing internal cell components. Microfilaments, along with intermediate filaments and microtubules, make up a cell's cytoskeleton.

mi′cro·fil′a·men′tous (-mĕn′təs) adj.


(Biochemistry) thin filament, composed of the protein actin and associated proteins, that occurs abundantly in muscle and in the cytoplasm of other cells


(ˌmaɪ krəˈfɪl ə mənt)

a tubelike protein structure that is involved in cell movement and changes in cell shape.
mi•cro•fil•a•men•tous (ˌmaɪ kroʊˌfɪl əˈmɛn təs) adj.
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Confocal microscopy images of F-actin stained with Phalloidin showed that, in PEG 35 pretreated livers, filamentous actin associated with the membrane microfilamentous network and the pericanalicular band are kept preserved (Figure 5(a)).
Alpha smooth muscle actin is a differential marker of smooth cells and is present in the microfilamentous bundles of pericytes.
Alpha]-Smooth muscle actin, a differentiation marker of smooth muscle cells, is present in microfilamentous bundles of pericytes.