Cellular and Molecular Biology of Intermediate Filaments by Robert D. Goldman, Robert V. Zackroff, Peter M. Steinert

By Robert D. Goldman, Robert V. Zackroff, Peter M. Steinert (auth.), Robert D. Goldman, Peter M. Steinert (eds.)

Research task on intermediate filaments (IF) has elevated dramatically over the last decade. For the main half, this surge of curiosity is because of their id as ubiquitous materials of the cytoskeleton and karyoskeleton (nuclear matrix) of eukaryotic cells and the truth that we all know little or no concerning their services. In sharp distinction to the opposite significant cytoskeletal platforms, microfilaments and microtubules, IF convey a excessive measure of heterogeneity in regards to their protein subunit composition. certainly, you'll basically surprise on the variety of varied IF polypeptides, their linked proteins (IFAP) and, accordingly, the variety of genes curious about encoding the a number of parts of many of the IF networks present in varied cellphone kinds. The chapters during this e-book reveal how numerous experimental methods involv­ ing mobile, molecular, biochemical, and immunological equipment were applied to generate information about the constitution and serve as of IF. To this finish, we now have accrued jointly chapters from specialists within the significant fields of IF study. In each one bankruptcy, the authors have mixed experiences of the to be had clinical literature with their very own rules on present and destiny instructions for IF study. The chapters were divided into 5 significant sections that are all for the subcellular association of IF, the molecular constitution of IF, the differential expression of IF genes, descriptions of associ­ ated proteins focused on the intracellular association of IF, and at last an research of the adjustments noticeable in IF in pathological conditions.

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