The versatile stellate cell – More than just a space-filler

Dow, J.A.T. (2011) The versatile stellate cell – More than just a space-filler. Journal of Insect Physiology, 58(4), pp. 467-472. (doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2011.12.003) (PMID:22202730)

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Most epithelia contain multiple cell types that interact to perform the roles required of the tissue. In insect epithelia, the apical plasma membrane V-ATPase dominates ion-transport models, and (as in vertebrates) is usually found in specialized intercalated cell types or regions. The Malpighian tubules of several insect Orders contain not just a mitochondrion-rich principal cell expressing high levels of V-ATPase, but a smaller, intercalated "type II", "secondary" or "stellate" cell. Recent data show that this cell type plays a key role in control of chloride and water flux across the tissue, but also may play other, still unsuspected dynamic roles

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dow, Professor Julian
Authors: Dow, J.A.T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:Journal of Insect Physiology
ISSN (Online):1879-1611
Published Online:21 December 2011

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
433611Genetic, proteomic and functional analysis of junctional complexes in DrosophilaJulian DowBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/F021240/1Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology