Contact: Leigh MacMillan
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Caption: Thousands of finger-like projections form a 'brush border' on the surfaces of cultured epithelial cells. In the intestines, the brush border is responsible for absorbing nutrients and defending against pathogens.
Credit: Courtesy of Matthew Tyska, Ph.D., and colleagues, Vanderbilt University
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