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Free-flowing cells and those that are stuck together?

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Free-flowing cells and those that are stuck together?

Postby SheffJoe » Tue May 29, 2012 8:04 pm

I've just been thinking about the development of an embryo from the zygote stage. How is it that when cytokinesis takes place, the cells all stick together in a little ball? But then, later in life, some are not bound to others (red blood cells, sperm cells, etc.). How is it that some cells are stuck together and some are separated? How does this develop?
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Postby plasmodesmata11 » Wed May 30, 2012 2:13 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extracellular_matrix
That link talks about the extracellular matrix... hopefully it will help you answer your questions!
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Postby JorgeLobo » Wed May 30, 2012 10:49 am

In reference to embryo development - the dividing mass of cells is initially held within a membranous structure - zona pellucida - that is eventully breached shortly before implantation. It has more than a mechnical function as it's involved in sperm binding.
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