Biophysics DeMYSTiFied by Daniel Goldfarb

Biophysics DeMYSTiFied by Daniel Goldfarb

Author:Daniel Goldfarb
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Published: 2011-07-12T16:00:00+00:00

FIGURE 8-7 • Illustration of cytoskeleton fibers, from left to right: microtubules, intermediate filaments, and microfilaments.

As mentioned, one of the roles of the cytoskeleton is in movement. The cytoskeleton is involved both in moving things around inside the cell and in moving the cell itself. This is a fascinating area of biophysics. The cytoskeleton generates forces for movement through the polymerization (or depolymerization) process. As residues are added to or removed from one end of a cytoskeleton fiber, then as the fiber grows or shrinks, it pushes or pulls whatever is attached to the other end. So, for example, if a part of the membrane is attached to the other end, the cytoskeleton can generate the forces needed to bend the membrane during endocytosis.


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