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Intestinal microvilli, TEM

Intestinal microvilli, coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM). The microvilli are finger-like projections (seen here in circular cross-section) that line the surface of cells on the villi in the small intestine. The microvilli increase the surface area available for the absorption of nutrients from digested food. They have a double membrane structure around a core of actin and other filamentous proteins. Magnification: x22, 500 when printed 10 centimetres wide

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Actin Alimentary Canal Cell Biology Colored Cross Section Digestion Digestive System Epithelial Epithelium False Colour Gastrointestinal Tract Histological Histology Intestinal Intestine Intestines Membrane Membranes Microscope Microvillus Protein Core Small Intestine Transmission Electron Transmission Electron Micrograph Villus Section Sectioned


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This print from Science Photo Library showcases the intricate beauty of intestinal microvilli. In this coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM), we are granted a close-up view of these finger-like projections that line the surface of cells on the villi in the small intestine. The circular cross-section reveals their remarkable structure, which plays a crucial role in our digestive system. Microvilli serve as nature's ingenious solution to maximize nutrient absorption from digested food. With their double membrane structure enveloping a core composed of actin and other filamentous proteins, they create an expansive surface area for efficient nutrient uptake. This image, magnified at x22,500 when printed 10 centimetres wide, allows us to marvel at the complexity and functionality of these microscopic structures. The vibrant colours employed in this false-colour representation add an artistic touch to this scientific marvel. It serves as a reminder that even within our own bodies lies a world full of wonders waiting to be explored. This photograph not only highlights the importance of understanding human anatomy but also underscores how science can capture moments of breathtaking beauty. As we gaze upon this image, we gain insight into the inner workings of our gastrointestinal tract and appreciate its incredible ability to sustain life through digestion. Let it inspire awe and curiosity about the intricacies hidden within ourselves – reminding us that there is always more than meets the eye when it comes to biology and health.

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