Motility of Living Cells

  • P.¬†Cappuccinelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-6
  2. P. Cappuccinelli
    Pages 7-8
  3. P. Cappuccinelli
    Pages 8-23
  4. P. Cappuccinelli
    Pages 24-59
  5. P. Cappuccinelli
    Pages 59-74
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 75-80

About this book

Introduction

Philosophers through the ages have made the astute observation that life, in its many aspects, appears to be continuously moving. All things in the universe, from the cosmic to the atomic level, exhibit some form of movement. Getting down to earth, the capacity to move is also an essential feature of the biological world. Movement was in fact synonymous with life at the time that Antony van Leeuwenhoek made the first simple microscope (seventeenth century). Using his primitive instrument he observed micro-organisms. which he called 'animalcules', swimming through a drop of water, and therefore he proclaimed that they 'seem to be alive'. We now know that movement in this form is not a prerequisite for life. although it is a crucial aspect in many living organisms. Realizing the general importance of motility in the biological world, this book will try to focus on the motility at a cellular level. Motility at a cellular level can take one of several forms: movement of components within the cell itself or movement of the cell as a whole (cell locomotion).

Keywords

bacteria cell cell membrane membrane regulation

Authors and affiliations

  • P.¬†Cappuccinelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Microbiology, School of MedicineUniversity of SassariSardiniaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-5812-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-15770-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5812-8
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