• Alexander D. Bershadsky
  • Juri M. Vasiliev
Part of the Cellular Organelles book series (CORG)


Cytoskeleton is the system of fibrillar structures in the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells (Fig. I.l). The three main types of fibrils forming these structures are microtubules, actin filaments, and intermediate filaments (Fig. I.2).


Cold Spring Harbor Intermediate Filament Cytoskeletal Protein Mitotic Spindle Fibrillar Structure 
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Additional Readings: General reviews of cytoskeleton structure and function

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Reviews of the old works related to cytoskeleton

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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander D. Bershadsky
    • 1
  • Juri M. Vasiliev
    • 1
  1. 1.Cancer Research CenterMoscow State UniversityMoscowUSSR

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