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Motility of unicellular organisms occurred early in evolution with the emergence of cilia and flagella. In vertebrates, motile cilia are required for numerous functions such as clearance of the airways and determination of left-right body asymmetry. Ependymal cells lining the brain ventricles also carry motile cilia, but their biological function has(More)
The desmosomal cadherin desmocollin (Dsc)1 is expressed in upper epidermis where strong adhesion is required. To investigate its role in vivo, we have genetically engineered mice with a targeted disruption in the Dsc1 gene. Soon after birth, null mice exhibit flaky skin and a striking punctate epidermal barrier defect. The epidermis is fragile, and(More)
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