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The Cytoskeleton

Subject Area(s):  Microscopy and ImagingCell Biology

Edited by Thomas D. Pollard, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University; Robert D. Goldman, Chairman, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

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© 2017 • 391 pages, illustrated (100 color and 22 B&W), index
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ISBN  978-1-621820-16-1
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The cytoskeleton is the intracellular filament system that controls the morphology of a cell, allows it to move, and provides trafficking routes for intracellular transport. It comprises three major filament systems-actin, microtubules, and intermediate filaments-along with a host of adaptors, regulators, molecular motors, and additional structural proteins.

This textbook presents a comprehensive and up-to-date view of the cytoskeleton, cataloguing its many different components and explaining how they are functionally integrated in different cellular processes. It starts by laying out the basic molecular hardware, before describing in detail how these components are assembled in cells and linked to neighboring cells and the extracellular matrix to maintain tissue architecture. It then surveys the roles of the cytoskeleton in processes such as intracellular transport, cell motility, signal transduction, and cell division. The book is thus essential reading for students learning about intracellular structure. It also represents a vital reference for all cell and developmental biologists working in this field.


Overview of the Cytoskeleton from an Evolutionary Perspective
Thomas D. Pollard and Robert D. Goldman
Actin and Actin-Binding Proteins
Thomas D. Pollard
Microtubules and Microtubule-Associated Proteins
Holly V. Goodson and Erin M. Jonasson
Intermediate Filaments: Structure and Assembly
Harald Herrmann and Ueli Aebi
Motor Proteins
H. Lee Sweeney and Erika L.F. Holzbaur
Cytoskeleton Integrators: The Spectrin Superfamily
Ronald K.H. Liem
Actin-Based Adhesion Modules Mediate Cell Interactions with the Extracellular Matrix and Neighboring Cells
Alexia I. Bachir, Alan Rick Horwitz, W. James Nelson, and Julie M. Bianchini
The Centrosome, a Multitalented Renaissance Organelle
Anastassiia Vertii, Heidi Hehnly, and Stephen Doxsey
Types I and II Keratin Intermediate Filaments
Justin T. Jacob, Pierre A. Coulombe, Raymond Kwan, and M. Bishr Omary
Type III Intermediate Filaments Desmin, Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein (GFAP), Vimentin, and Peripherin
Elly M. Hol and Yassemi Capetanaki
Neurofilaments and Neurofilament Proteins in Health and Disease
Aidong Yuan, Mala V. Rao, Veeranna, and Ralph A. Nixon
Intermediate Filaments and the Plasma Membrane
Jonathan C.R. Jones, Chen Yuan Kam, Robert M. Harmon, Alexandra V. Woychek, Susan B. Hopkinson, and Kathleen J. Green
The Nucleoskeleton
Stephen A. Adam
Mechanical Properties of the Cytoskeleton and Cells
Adrian F. Pegoraro, Paul Janmey, and David A. Weitz
Microtubule-Based Transport and the Distribution, Tethering, and Organization of Organelles
Kari Barlan and Vladimir I. Gelfand
Intraflagellar Transport and Ciliary Dynamics
Hiroaki Ishikawa and Wallace F. Marshall
Intracellular Motility of Intermediate Filaments
Rudolf E. Leube, Marcin Moch, and Reinhard Windoffer
Myosin-Driven Intracellular Transport
Margaret A. Titus
The Actin Cytoskeleton and Actin-Based Motility
Tatyana Svitkina
Muscle Contraction
H. Lee Sweeney and David W. Hammers
Ciliary Motility: Regulation of Axonemal Dynein Motors
Rasagnya Viswanadha, Winfield S. Sale, and Mary E. Porter
Intermediate Filaments and the Regulation of Cell Motility during Regeneration and Wound Healing
Fang Cheng and John E. Eriksson
J. Richard Mcintosh
Cytokinesis in Metazoa and Fungi
Michael Glotzer