13. Microvilli

  1. Ivan R. Nabi
  1. Florent Ubelmann,
  2. Sylvie Robine and
  3. Daniel Louvard

Published Online: 31 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118015759.ch13

Cellular Domains

Cellular Domains

How to Cite

Ubelmann, F., Robine, S. and Louvard, D. (2011) Microvilli, in Cellular Domains (ed I. R. Nabi), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118015759.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Life Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

Author Information

  1. CNRS, Institut Curie, Paris, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470595442

Online ISBN: 9781118015759



  • microvilli, fingerlike membrane protrusions - supported by organized bundles of actin filaments;
  • brush border domain - actin microfilaments, shaping microvilli, and localized binding sites;
  • intestinal microvilli - forming a domain specialized in absorption


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definition

  • Historical Perspective

  • Molecular Determinants Involved in the Control of the Microvilli Shape

  • Intestinal Microvilli Form a Domain Specialized in Absorption

  • Perspectives on the Brush Border Dynamics

  • General Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References