<cell biology> The region, seen by electron microscopy, external to the outer dense line of the plasmalemma that appears to be rich in glycosidic compounds such as proteoglycans and glycoproteins.

Since these molecules are often Integral membrane proteins and may be denatured by the processes of fixation for electron microscopy, it might be better to avoid the term or to refer to membrane glycoproteins or to proteoglycans associated with the cell surface.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

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