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Cell Motil Cytoskeleton. 2008 Jun;65(6):435-40. doi: 10.1002/cm.20276.

Unsolved motility looking for answer.

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  • 1Department of Biology, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.


A rod-like axostyle complex turns the anterior end of a termite flagellate, including the plasma membrane, continually in the same direction relative to the rest of the cell at speeds up to approximately 1 Hz. This motility provides direct visual evidence for the fluid nature of cell membranes. Torque is generated along the length of the axostyle complex by an unknown mechanism. Here I describe findings not published before and promising experiments that may help to solve this remarkable motility.

Copyright 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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