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plasmodesmata (sing. plasmodesma) Fine cytoplasmic strands that connect the protoplasts of adjacent plant cells by passing through their cell walls. Plasmodesmata are cylindrical in shape (about 20–40 nm in diameter) and are lined by the plasma membrane of the two adjacent cells. The endoplasmic reticula of the two adjacent cells are connected by a narrower structure, the desmotubule, which runs through the centre of a plasmodesma. Plasmodesmata tend to occur in groups, forming distinct areas called primary pit fields (see pit). They permit the passage between cells of substances including ions, sugars, amino acids, and macromolecules.

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plasmodesmata

plasmodesmata Cytoplasmic (see CYTOPLASM) bridges, lined with a plasma membrane, that connect adjacent cells. At one time they were thought to be confined to plants, but they have now been observed in many animal cells. Almost certainly they provide major pathways of communication and transport between cells.

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