Different types of cell-to-cell connections mediated by nanotubular structures.

  title={Different types of cell-to-cell connections mediated by nanotubular structures.},
  author={Peter Verani{\vc} and Maru{\vs}a Lokar and Gerhard J Sch{\"u}tz and Julian Weghuber and Stefan Wieser and Henry H{\"a}gerstrand and Veronika Kralj-Igli{\vc} and Ales Iglic},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  volume={95 9},
Communication between cells is crucial for proper functioning of multicellular organisms. The recently discovered membranous tubes, named tunneling nanotubes, that directly bridge neighboring cells may offer a very specific and effective way of intercellular communication. Our experiments on RT4 and T24 urothelial cell lines show that nanotubes that bridge neighboring cells can be divided into two types. The nanotubes of type I are shorter and more dynamic than those of type II, and they… CONTINUE READING
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