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Membrane Excitability and Motile Responses in the Protozoa, with Particular Attention to the Heliozoan Actinocoryne contractilis

  • Colette Febvre-Chevalier
  • André Bilbaut
  • Jean Febvre
  • Quentin Bone
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Abstract

Unicellular microorganisms are regarded as primitive eukaryotes. However, they are extremely adaptable and display a remarkable diversity of shape, behavior and mode of life. They are sensitive to various stimuli (Naitoh, 1982; Machemer and Deitmer, 1987) and the response to external signals is generally a transient modification in motile activity. Some protists remain fixed to their substrate and perform contraction-relaxation cycles (some heliozoans and ciliates), the others are free-living, capable of swiming or “walking” (flagellates, amoebae, actinopods, most of the ciliates).

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Rest Membrane Potential Membrane Excitability Contractile Vacuole Amoeboid Movement Rapid Contraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colette Febvre-Chevalier
    • 1
  • André Bilbaut
    • 2
  • Jean Febvre
    • 1
  • Quentin Bone
    • 3
  1. 1.U.R.A 671Laboratoire de Biologie Cellulaire MarineVillefranche-sur-MerFrance
  2. 2.URA 651Laboratoire de Cytologie ExperimentaleNice-CedexFrance
  3. 3.The Marine LaboratoryCitadel Hill, PlymouthUK

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