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Slide 11: The neuromuscular junction is the area of close apposition between a nerve ending (motor end plate) and a skeletal muscle cell where the nerve exerts its control over contraction by the muscle cell. Here each of the examples shown forms several motor end plates (at least 12 can be seen). This is a very thick preparation of whole muscle cells teased apart and stained for the neural elements. Muscle cell striations are apparent in only a few areas.