Cytoskeleton

Insall, R. and Machesky, L. (2001) Cytoskeleton. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, (doi:10.1038/npg.els.0001252)

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Abstract

The cytoskeleton is a fibrous meshwork of three major components – actin microfilaments, microtubules and intermediate filaments. These are assembled from soluble precursors, under precise control by many different cellular processes. Other proteins interlink filaments or travel along with them. The cytoskeleton is found in all eukaryotic cells, and is required both for the maintenance of cell structure and for the organization of many aspects of cell movement.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Machesky, Professor Laura and Insall, Professor Robert
Authors: Insall, R., and Machesky, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
Publisher:Wiley

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