The Mechanical Basis of Cell Form and Structure

  • Jürgen Bereiter-Hahn
  • O. Roger Anderson
  • Wolf-Ernst Reif

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. General Principles

  3. The Supramolecular Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Dieter G. Weiss, George M. Langford, Robert D. Allen
      Pages 100-113
    3. Michael E. J. Holwill, Peter Satir
      Pages 120-130
    4. Thomas P. Stossel, Paul A. Janmey, Ken S. Zaner
      Pages 131-153
    5. Karl-Ernst Wohlfarth-Bottermann
      Pages 154-166
  4. Mechanical Factors Determining Morphogenesis of Protists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Klaus Hausmann, Maria Mulisch
      Pages 169-182
    3. Anna-Maria M. Schmid
      Pages 183-199
    4. O. R. Anderson, M. L. Moss, R. Skalak
      Pages 200-211
  5. Mechanical Factors Determining Plant Cell Morphogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
  6. Mechanical Forces Determining the Shape of Metazoan Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Richard E. Waugh, Robert M. Hochmuth
      Pages 249-260
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 287-294

About this book


Genetic information determines the composition of molecules comprising cytoskeletal elements, membranes and receptors. The supramolecular arrangement of these components represents a self-assembly process controlled by physicochemical and mechanical interactions. This general hypothesis demarcates the aim of studying cellular mechanics. Description and evaluation of mechanical properties of cells and their organelles, as well as of the forces exerted by them, is the scope of this book on Cytomechanics. Emphasis is laid on the role of mechanical properties in the generation of shape and cytoplasmic motion, and on the basic principles and components determining mechanical properties.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Bereiter-Hahn
    • 1
  • O. Roger Anderson
    • 2
  • Wolf-Ernst Reif
    • 3
  1. 1.Arbeitsgruppe Kinematische ZellforschungFB Biologie der UniversitätFrankfurt 1Germany
  2. 2.Lamont-Doherty Geological ObservatoryColumbia University Biological OceanographyPalisadesUSA
  3. 3.Institut und Museum für Geologie und PaläontologieUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-72865-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-72863-1
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