Extracellular matrix

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The extracellur matrix is more commonly known as the space between cells that make up tissues and it usually carries the majority volume of the cell and has a vast variety of macromolecules making it up. The matrix is usually commended for its ability to provide physical support to the cells in tissue but the function of the extracellular matrix goes beyond that. The matrix determines the tissue's physical properties and will usually possess more than the cells it is surrounding. The extracellular matrix is made and organized by the cells as they control the macromolecules that are secreted into the matrix. The cells are also in charge of the organization of the matrix. The extracellular matrix between cells generally contain the same macromolecules in different tissues but the feature that differentiates varying extracellular matrix and determine physical properties of the tissue it is found in, is the contrasting amount of classes of macromolecules[1].


  1. Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J,. Raff, M., Roberts, K., and Walter, P., 2008. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th ed. New York: Garland Science.
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