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Descriptor English: Desmosomes
Descriptor Spanish: Desmosomas
Descriptor Portuguese: Desmossomos
Descriptor French: Desmosomes
Entry term(s): Desmosome
Tree number(s): A11.284.149.165.420.297
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D003896
Scope note: A type of junction that attaches one cell to its neighbor. One of a number of differentiated regions which occur, for example, where the cytoplasmic membranes of adjacent epithelial cells are closely apposed. It consists of a circular region of each membrane together with associated intracellular microfilaments and an intercellular material which may include, for example, mucopolysaccharides. (From Glick, Glossary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1990; Singleton & Sainsbury, Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, 2d ed)
Allowable Qualifiers: CH chemistry
CL classification
DE drug effects
EN enzymology
GE genetics
IM immunology
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PA pathology
PH physiology
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
Previous Indexing: Cell Membrane (1966-1971)
Public MeSH Note: 72
History Note: 72
DeCS ID: 3916
Unique ID: D003896
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Date Established: 1972/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2000/06/22
Desmosomes - Preferred
Concept UI M0006082
Scope note A type of junction that attaches one cell to its neighbor. One of a number of differentiated regions which occur, for example, where the cytoplasmic membranes of adjacent epithelial cells are closely apposed. It consists of a circular region of each membrane together with associated intracellular microfilaments and an intercellular material which may include, for example, mucopolysaccharides. (From Glick, Glossary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1990; Singleton & Sainsbury, Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, 2d ed)
Preferred term Desmosomes
Entry term(s) Desmosome



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