The Motile Behavior of Amoebae in the Aggregation Wave in Dictyostelium Discoideum

  • David R. Soll
  • Deborah Wessels
  • Andrew Sylwester
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 259)


Pattern develops during the aggregation process in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, and although aggregation appears to represent a more dynamic process than the genesis of a more static morphogenetic field, it shares several of the same basic characteristics. As hypothesized for some forms of positional information (Wolpert 1971), aggregation information is in the form of a signal emanating from a source and in this case is amplified through a relay system between cells. Cells respond individually to the signal with directional movement towards the source (Alcantara & Monk 1974), which is the aggregation center. Because of the ease of experimental manipulation, gene cloning, and targeted mutagenesis, the process of signal genesis, signal transduction, and the motile response in D. discoideum is rapidly being elucidated and warrants careful scrutiny by researchers in the field of pattern formation. In this mini-review, we will focus on the behavioral response of cells to the naturally propagated cAMP wave. We will consider a wave paradox which has been explained by a temporal mechanism for Chemotaxis (Varnum et al. 1985; Soll 1990), and then describe methods for assessing the role of particular cytoskeletal elements in the motile response to the natural wave.


Receptor Occupancy Dictyostelium Discoideum Natural Wave Aggregation Center Cellular Slime Mold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Soll
    • 1
  • Deborah Wessels
    • 1
  • Andrew Sylwester
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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