Contact: Jennifer Brown
University of Iowa
Caption: Just as the piece of pink tape prevents a pin from bursting this balloon, the sturdy basal lamina reinforces muscle cell membranes and keeps small tears from bursting open -- but only if the protein "glue" affixing the basal lamina to the membrane is working.
Credit: Renzhi Han, University of Iowa
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