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desmosome

(ˈdɛsməˌsəʊm)
n
(Biology) cytology a structure in the cell membranes of adjacent cells that binds them together
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des•mo•some

(ˈdɛz məˌsoʊm)

n.
a plaquelike site on a cell surface that functions in maintaining cohesion with an adjacent cell.
[1930–35; < Greek desm(ós) band, chain (see desmid) + -o- + -some3]
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Desmosomes form the adhesive core of intercellular junctions, which consist of desmosomal Cadherins, desmogleins (Dsgs), and desmocollins (figure 1).
Desmosomal cadherins. Curr Opin Cell Biol 2002; 14: 537.
Ultrastructural studies show that E-cadherin on the cytoplasmic membrane of the keratinocytes is shifted to desmosomes under physiological conditions and therein expresses an adhesion function in association with other desmosomal cadherins.10 We observed that E-cadherin was strongly expressed membranously in all normal keratinocytes and specialized epithelial structures.
Desmogleins are calcium-binding transmembrane glycoproteins, members of the desmosomal cadherins that provide adhesive integrity to desmosomes between adjoining keratinocytes; They consist of proteins Dsg1, Dsg2, Dsg3, and Dsg4.