Multi-functionality and plasticity characterize epithelial cells in Hydra

  title={Multi-functionality and plasticity characterize epithelial cells in Hydra},
  author={Wanda Buzgariu and S Al Haddad and Szymon Tomczyk and Yvan Wenger and Brigitte Galliot},
  booktitle={Tissue barriers},
Epithelial sheets, a synapomorphy of all metazoans but porifers, are present as 2 layers in cnidarians, ectoderm and endoderm, joined at their basal side by an extra-cellular matrix named mesoglea. In the Hydra polyp, epithelial cells of the body column are unipotent stem cells that continuously self-renew and concomitantly express their epitheliomuscular features. These multifunctional contractile cells maintain homeostasis by providing a protective physical barrier, by digesting nutrients, by… CONTINUE READING
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