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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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We envisage revolutionizing markets, from apparel to automotive, with smart fabrics produced from microfilaments," says C.
Co-staining for nestin and F-actin microfilaments revealed the mesenchymal-like cell morphology that is typical for NCCs and that clearly differentiates them from other related cell types (Fig.
Under electron microscopy, well-formed desmosomes and hemidesmosomes together with pinocytic vesicles, plentiful rough endoplasmic reticulum and 6 nanometer microfilaments are seen (11).
1] At the time of diagnosis, there was 25% of cirrhosis, characterized by high titer (>1:80), ANA (homogenous or speckled pattern) reactive with chromatin and occasionally dsDNA and ASMA, reactive with F-actin microfilaments.
The ultrastructure of the spindle cells shows the presence of discrete bundles of microfilaments that contain many dense bodies that measure between 5 and 7 nm in diameter as well as filaments that are not bundled that measure 10 nm in diameter.
Aligned microfilaments, evenly distributed matrix, and normal organelles were clearly observed without Schwann cell degeneration or proliferation [Figure 2].
Scientists began the experiments in 2012, implanting hundreds of hair-thin microfilaments in the premotor and somatosensory regions of the brains of two rhesus macaques.
Furthermore, in mature testicular tissues the shrinkage of microfilaments and microtubules in Sertoli cells promotes the movement from basilar lamina to lumen of germ cells, which finally release the mature sperm to the lumen [47].
5 dpf and microfilaments operating at lower pressures, and with a retrofit option, it's possible to replace the jet pack on the existing SP-2 housing.
Transmissible gastroenteritis virus and porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus infection induces dramatic changes in the tight junctions and microfilaments of polarized IPEC-J2 cells [J].
Furthermore, endless microfilaments make Evolon strong, mechanically stable and isotropic, providing extended durability for lightweight wipes and frequent wash resistance for heavier weights.
The presence of neuropathy is usually assessed by detecting the presence or absence of sensation using a tuning-fork vibration or, 10 microgram plastic microfilaments.