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A passage in my textbook mentions briefly that the role of intermediate filaments in the cytoskeleton is to enable cell to cell signalling by extending between special junctions and alowing cells to adhere to basement membrane

What does this mean?

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There are desmosomes and gap junctions (cell-cell-contact), and hemidesmosomes (cell-basal membrane-contact) which enable a stable united cell structure. I'm not so aware with this topic, but I found some papers which may help you :)

Intermediate filament in cell architecture

Desmosomes and hemidesmosomes

Review on gap junctions

Blood-testis barrier and different cell-cell-contact structures

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