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Polymerization Dynamics of Cytoskeletal Filaments

  1. Sutherland K Maciver

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001254



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Maciver, S. K. 2001. Polymerization Dynamics of Cytoskeletal Filaments. eLS. .

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  1. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Polymerization dynamics is the description of the equilibrium between polymeric and monomeric states. The proteins of the cytoskeleton are able to polymerize and depolymerize through continuous cycles of addition or subtraction of monomer units, and the cytoskeleton is not a static entity.


  • actin;
  • tubulin;
  • microtubule;
  • intermediate filament proteins