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J Plant Res. 2007 Jan;120(1):31-43. Epub 2007 Jan 25.

The sliding theory of cytoplasmic streaming: fifty years of progress.

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Department of Life Science, Graduate School of Life Science, University of Hyogo, Harima Science Park City, Hyogo 678-1297, Japan. shimmen@sci.u-hyogo.ac.jp

Abstract

Fifty years ago, an important paper appeared in Botanical Magazine Tokyo. Kamiya and Kuroda proposed a sliding theory for the mechanism of cytoplasmic streaming. This pioneering study laid the basis for elucidation of the molecular mechanism of cytoplasmic streaming--the motive force is generated by the sliding of myosin XI associated with organelles along actin filaments, using the hydrolysis energy of ATP. The role of the actin-myosin system in various plant cell functions is becoming evident. The present article reviews progress in studies on cytoplasmic streaming over the past 50 years.

PMID:
17252175
DOI:
10.1007/s10265-006-0061-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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