Published Online: 25 APR 2001
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Foisner, R. 2001. Intermediate Filaments. eLS. .
- Published Online: 25 APR 2001
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Intermediate filaments form a major structural network in most eukaryotic cells; their only known function is to protect cells and tissues from disintegration by mechanical stress. They are formed by a heterogeneous class of proteins which share common structural elements and are expressed in a tissue and differentiation-dependent manner.
- coiled coil;
- intermediate filament-associated proteins;
- nuclear lamina