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Naturally occurring and stress induced tubular structures from mammalian cells, a survival mechanism

Yonnie Wu1*, Richard C Laughlin1, David C Henry1, Darryl E Krueger2, JoAn S Hudson3, Cheng-Yi Kuan4, Jian He5, Jason Reppert5 and Jeffrey P Tomkins1

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1 Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 29634, USA

2 Department of Biological Science, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 29634, USA

3 Electron Microscopy Facility, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 29634, USA

4 Department of Biosystems Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 29634, USA

5 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 29634, USA

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BMC Cell Biology 2007, 8:36  doi:10.1186/1471-2121-8-36

Published: 16 August 2007

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The pre-existence of straw cells from a tissue. Description: A procedure to observe the tubular structure: (1) collect 1 μl of extracellular fluid from the surface of any frozen bovine liver tissues from a grocery store, (2) place directly on a glass slide and observe the straw cells under a light microscope. As the droplet dries, the existence of tubular structures and their connected networks are revealed. The time-lapse images can be viewed using the Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation slideshow function with a click of mouse for each time point.

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