Cell-Cell Channels

  • Frantisek Baluska
  • Dieter Volkmann
  • Peter W. Barlow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Cell-Cell Channels and Their Implications for Cell Theory

    1. Frantisek Baluska, Dieter Volkmann, Peter W. Barlow
      Pages 1-18
  3. Prokaryotic Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Elisabeth Grohmann
      Pages 21-35
  4. Ciliate Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Eric S. Cole
      Pages 39-62
  5. Algal Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Harold J. Hoops, Ichiro Nishii, David L. Kirk
      Pages 65-84
  6. Fungal Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Nick D. Read, M. Gabriela Roca
      Pages 87-98
  7. Plant Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Yoselin Benitez Alfonso, Laurence Cantrill, David Jackson
      Pages 101-112
    3. Aart J. E. van Bel
      Pages 113-118
    4. Jozef Samaj, Nigel Chaffey, Uday Tirlapur, Jan Jasik, Andrej Hlavacka, Zhan Feng Cui et al.
      Pages 119-134
    5. John R. Barnett
      Pages 135-147
    6. Jan W. M. van Lent, Corinne Schmitt-Keichinger
      Pages 160-175
  8. Animal Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Fabio Mammano
      Pages 185-199
    3. Hans-Hermann Gerdes, Amin Rustom
      Pages 200-207
    4. Svetlana Ivanovna Galkina, Anatoly Georgievich Bogdanov, Georgy Natanovich Davidovich, Galina Fedorovna Sud’ina
      Pages 236-244
    5. Luca Manzi, Gianfranco Bazzoni
      Pages 245-250
    6. Radu V. Stan
      Pages 251-266
    7. Mary Poupot, Julie Gertner, Jean-Jacques Fournié
      Pages 267-282
    8. Alain Joliot, Alain Prochiantz
      Pages 283-287
    9. Eduardo Garcia, Vincent Piguet
      Pages 288-297
    10. William A. Mohler
      Pages 298-316
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 317-321

About this book


he biological sciences are dominated by the idea that cells are the functionally autonomous, physically separated, discrete units of life. TThis concept was propounded in the 19th century by discoveries of the cellular structuring of both plants and animals. Moreover, the ap­ parent autonomy of unicellular eukaryotes, as well as the cellular basis of the mammalian brain (an organ whose anatomy for a long while defied attempts to validate the idea of the cellular nature of its neurons), seemed to provide the final conclusive evidence for the completeness of *cell theory', a theory which has persisted in an almost dogmatic form up to the present day. However, it is very obvious that there are numerous observations which indicate that it is not the cells which serve as the basic units of biological life but that this property falls to some other, subcellular assemblage. To deal with this intricate problem concerning the fundamental unit of living matter, we proposed the so-called Cell Body concept which, in fact, devel­ ops an exceedingly original idea proposed by Julius Sachs at the end of the 19th century. In the case of eukaryotic cells, DNA-enriched nuclei are intimately associated with a microtubular cytoskeleton. In this configuration—as a Cell Body—these two items comprise the fundamental functional and struc­ tural unit of eukaryotic living matter. The Cell Body seems to be inherent to all cells in all organisms.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Frantisek Baluska
    • 1
  • Dieter Volkmann
    • 1
  • Peter W. Barlow
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Cellular and Molecular BotanyRheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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