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cell shape

Monday 13 February 2006


- squamous cells
- cuboidal cells
- columnar cells
- atypical cells
- fusiform cells
- polygonal cells


- cell shape anomalies

See also : cell size

- small cells
- medium-size cells
- large cells

Adherens junctions

The adherens junction functions to connect epithelial cells and maintain their polarized architecture. The geometry of the adherens junction, and consequently the shape of a cell, appears to reach an energetically favorable state.

Cadherins within the adherens junction are necessary for cells to achieve this state. Interactions between the actin cytoskeleton and the adherens junction are required for certain cell shape changes.


- Lecuit T, Lenne PF. Cell surface mechanics and the control of cell shape, tissue patterns and morphogenesis. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2007 Aug;8(8):633-44. PMID: 17643125

- Carthew RW. Adhesion proteins and the control of cell shape. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2005 Aug;15(4):358-63. PMID: 15963712