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Cell biology

A new view of photoreceptors

The light-gathering structures in our eyes are specialized membranes found on cells known as photoreceptors. Two studies show that a protein called Crumbs is crucial for the development of these membranes.

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Figure 1: Determinants of cellular polarity.
Figure 2: How the unusual architecture of the photoreceptor apical membrane might develop (based on refs 1, 2).


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Pichaud, F., Desplan, C. A new view of photoreceptors. Nature 416, 139–140 (2002).

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