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Gap junction intercelluar communication

J P Blackburn, J L Connat, N J Severs, C R Green
A characteristic property of the vascular smooth muscle cell is its ability to modulate between a contractile phenotype, responsible for control of vascular tone, through to a synthetic phenotype, capable of migration and synthesis of extracellular matrix molecules. Smooth muscle cells are coupled by gap junctions, the membrane structures which permit direct intercelluar passage of ions and small molecules, and which play a role both in electrical coupling and intercellular communication during patterning and development...
February 1997: Cell Biology International
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