Junctional Communication: The Role of Communication Compartments in Complex Multicellular Organisms
The concept of junctional communication first arose more than a hundred years ago. In 1879 Eduard Tangl, a plant physiologist working in Cerowitz, suggested that his observations on intercellular bridges left “only one correct explanation of the matter; the protoplasmic bodies of the cells are united by thin strands passing through connecting ducts in the walls which put the cells in connection with each other and so unite them as an entity of higher order” (translated by Carr, 1976).
KeywordsJunction Formation Junctional Communication Intercellular Bridge Complex Multicellular Organism Proliferative Unit
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