Amoeba proteus displays a walking form of locomotion

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  • Ivan Cameron,

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    1. University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA
      Corresponding author. Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Mail Code 7762, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900, USA. Tel.: +1 (210) 567 3817; fax: +1 (210) 567 3803. cameron@uthscsa.edu
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  • Robert A. Rinaldi,

    1. University of Colima, Colima, Mexico
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  • Gerald Kirby,

    1. Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Structural and Cellular Biology, New Orleans, 70118, USA
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  • David Davidson

    1. Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX 78238, USA
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Corresponding author. Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Mail Code 7762, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900, USA. Tel.: +1 (210) 567 3817; fax: +1 (210) 567 3803. cameron@uthscsa.edu

Abstract

This report deals with observations on the directional locomotion of amoeba before and after fixation and scanning electron microscopy. The study was aimed at visualization of the stepwise events of directional movements. After the analysis of the data it is proposed that the amoeba undergoes a sequence of movement events that can be defined as a walking form of locomotion.

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