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Actin filiments role in ameoboid movement

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Actin filiments role in ameoboid movement

Postby Thonzo » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:01 pm

I know that during amoeboid movement the cytogel of the ectoplasm is converted to cytosol and is forced to the cells perifery at a localized area forming a hylane cap which than extends into a pseudopod. I also know that actin filimanst of the cytoskelceton play a role in converting cytosol into cytogel and vice versa. what i would like to know is how this process actualy works is it in anyway similar to the role actin plays during muscle contraction if not how so.
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:36 am

yes in that it does involve myosin moving on actin. No in that it is not the same mechanism. In amoebae, it is the rearranging of the actin filaments that makes the pseudopodia extend out of the cell, as I remember. In the cytosol they are arranged like a mesh, but in the pseudopodia they are arranged to extend outwards.
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Postby Thonzo » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:55 pm

So when the cytoplasm is in the form of cytogel the actin arrangement is some what conpact holding it together in a gel-like form, and when the actin filimants extend they become somewhat less conpact allowing its transformation into cytosol ?
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:38 pm

when it is in a gel the actin filaments are randomly oriented, creating a disordered network. When it forms filaments they are ordered, and give shape...
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Postby aryan79 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:36 pm

but how this actin and myosin are works in Physarum polycephalum please if u know the ans.it really confused me now i can not undrestand it
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:21 am

well i am guessing just like in any amoeba. this is a conserved mechanism that is present even in human white blood cells and some glial cells.
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Postby mace » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:30 am

MrMistery wrote:well i am guessing just like in any amoeba. this is a conserved mechanism that is present even in human white blood cells and some glial cells.


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