Physiological Aspects of Actomyosin-Based Cell Motility

  • N. Kamiya
  • Y. Yoshimoto
  • F. Matsumura
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Among various types of actomyosin-based non-muscular movements, the shuttle streaming in the myxomycete plasmodium and the rotational streaming in characean cells have been extensively studied (Allen, N. S. and Allen, R. D. 1978; Allen, R. D. and Allen, N. S. 1978; Goldman et al. 1976, Hatano et al. 1979; Haupt and Feinleib 1979; Kamiya 1959; Komnick et al. 1973). Although the modes of movement are quite different in these two systems, they are both extremely suitable for physiological work inasmuch as we can quantify their movements exactly. In the following, we should like to deal with physiological and dynamic aspects of motility, primarily using the acellular slime mold as a model of non-muscle motile systems; we also consider in comparison the rotational streaming in characean cells. We begin with a historical survey of the subject matter.


Motive Force Slime Mold Tension Production Cell BioI Characean Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Kamiya
  • Y. Yoshimoto
  • F. Matsumura
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cell BiologyNational Institute for Basic BiologyMyodaijicho, OkazakiJapan

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