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Intercellular transport via plasmodesmata controls cell fate decisions in plants, and is of fundamental importance in viral movement, disease resistance, and the spread of RNAi signals. Although plasmodesmata appear to be unique to plant cells, they may have structural and functional similarities...
The powerful genetics, genomics and microscopy tools available for C. elegans make it well suited to studying how epithelial cells adhere to one another and the extracellular matrix, and how the integrated, simultaneous activities of multiple cell adhesion complexes function to shape an organism....
A prerequisite for successful fertilization is the species-specific binding of sperm to the extracellular coat of the egg. Gamete binding triggers the release of sperm hydrolytic enzymes that digest a path through the egg coat, thus bringing sperm into proximity with the egg plasma membrane where...