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Maintenance of Cell Shape

Author(s): Lou Gross1, Monica Beals1, Susan Harrell1

University of Tennessee Knoxville

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This module introduces an equation to calculate roundness in the context of understanding how myosin contributes to cell shape. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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Version 1.0 - published on 15 Feb 2019 doi:10.25334/Q4PB1C - cite this

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Student Introduction: Fibrous elements of the cytoskeleton, including microtubules and filaments, help maintain cell shape. For example, amoeba movement involves interactions of myosin and actin in the microfilaments in the cell cytoskeleton. Myosin is normally dispersed throughout the cell, but locally assembles and disassembles as necessary to drive movement.

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