Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Cell Biology

  • Filippo Acconcia
  • Rakesh Kumar
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_992-2


Cell biology deals with all aspects of the normal and of the tumor cell, their normal and abnormal multiplication, their differentiation, their stem origins, and their regulated cell death.


The Cell

The intracellular environment is separated from the external environment by a lipid bilayer called plasma membrane. The plasma membrane controls the movement of substances in and out of the cell and it is important for the cell to sense the surrounding environment. Within the cell the nucleus occupies most of the space. The cell nucleus contains genes, which drive all cellular activities and processes. Genes are organized in chromosomes (i.e., genome) and are made of DNA. The genetic information is used to produce proteins, which are the critical effectors required for all cellular processes. The nucleus is separated from the rest of the cellular content by the nuclear membrane, which remains in contact with the cytoplasm as well as the nucleoplasm. In the...


Stem Cell Focal Adhesion Kinase Adult Stem Cell Stem Cell Biology Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filippo Acconcia
    • 1
  • Rakesh Kumar
    • 1
  1. 1.Molecular and Cellular OncologyThe University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA