Journal of microscopy
The observation with RCM of the reflection from reaction products produced by nonisotopic in situ hybridisation and a peroxidase staining, has recently facilitated the identification of single copy genes. RCM also reveals light microscope structures in stained ultrathin (0.1 μm) epon and lowicryl sections. In such preparations no out-of-focus blur ...
Focal adhesions anchor cells to extracellular matrix (ECM) and direct assembly of a pre-stressed actin cytoskeleton. They act as a cellular sensor and regulator, linking ECM to the nucleus. Here, we identify proteolytic turnover of the anti-adhesive proteoglycan versican as a requirement for maintenance of smooth muscle cell (SMC) focal adhesions. ...
These results clearly demonstrate that polymer depletion can promote RBC adhesion to artificial surfaces and suggest that this phenomenon may play a role in other specific and non-specific cell-cell interactions, such as rouleau formation and RBC-endothelial cell adhesion.
Cell membranes are studded with protrusions that were thoroughly analyzed with electron microscopy. However, the nanometer-scale three-dimensional motions generated by cell membranes to fit the topography of foreign surfaces and initiate adhesion remain poorly understood. Here, we describe the dynamics of surface deformations displayed by monocytic...
Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society
Tree frogs are remarkable for their capacity to cling to smooth surfaces using large toe pads. The adhesive skin of tree frog toe pads is characterized by peg-studded hexagonal cells separated by deep channels into which mucus glands open. The pads are completely wetted with watery mucus, which led previous authors to suggest that attachment is sol...