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Cytokinesis in Animal Cells


  • 100 b/w illus. 4 tables
  • Page extent: 404 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.614 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521019361 | ISBN-10: 0521019362)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published September 2005

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This book traces the history of some of the major ideas in the field and gives an account of our current knowledge of animal cytokinesis. It contains descriptions of division in different kinds of cells and the proposed explanations of the mechanisms underlying the visible events. The author also describes and explains experiments devised to test cell division theories. The forces necessary for cytokinesis now appear to originate from the interaction of linear polymers and motor molecules that have roles in force production, motion and shape change that occur in other phases of the biology of the cell. The localization of the force-producing mechanism to a restricted linear part of the subsurface is caused by the mitotic apparatus, the same cytoskeletal structure that insures orderly mitosis.


Preface; 1. Normal cell division; 2. Theories of cell division; 3. The site of the division mechanism; 4. Nature of the division mechanism; 5. Positioning the division mechanism; 6. Formation of the division mechanism; 7. The stimulus-response system; 8. Division mechanism function and its consequences; 9. Informative variations on the normal process; 10. Conclusion; Index.


"Rappaport has been studying cleavage in marine embryos and tissue culture cells since the early 1960's... His book is clearly a labor of love: it includes a thorough review of more than 500 papers going back to the 1870s... Many of the pages are devoted to obsolete theories that will appeal to classical cytologists, science historians, and the entire range of students interested in classic examples of experimental design and hypothetico-deductive reasoning." Richard H. Colby, New Biological Books

"...Rappaport is renowned for his biophysical investigations...Each chapter is methodically written..." Edward M. Bonder, BioScience

"...this book provides an opportunity to read about ingenious experiments examining the physical properties of cells." Edward M. Bonder, BioScience

"...Rappaport's intent in writing the book was to develop for the reader a 'broad acquaintance' with the principles of cytokinesis, leading to a sense of wonderment, enjoyment, and curiosity about this fantastic cellular event." Edward M. Bonder, BioScience

"Cytokinesis would make a nice addition to every biologist's library because it is both a useful primer about the cell biology of cytokinesis and a reminder of why many of us became excited by cell and developmental biology." Edward M. Bonder, BioScience

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