The cytoskeleton is a dynamic filamentous structure composed of at least actin and microtubule networks. Actin and microtubules are no different structurally from their animal and fungal counterparts. However, the strategies of cell differentiation and development in plants require this network to respond appropriately to plant-specific developmental cues and to environmental factors. This book views the cytoskeleton from different perspectives but, on the whole, as a network composed of structural and regulatory proteins controlled by internal and external stimuli that result in different aspects of cell differentiation. This is a volume for researchers and professionals in plant biochemistry, cell biology and genetics.
Table of Contents
Microtubules and Their Regulators. Actin and Actin-Modulating Proteins. The Cytoskeleton In Growth Polarity. Mitosis. The Cell Wall. Development of Root Hairs. Pollen Tube Initiation, Elongation and Orientation. Trichome Development. Signalling and the Cytoskeleton in Guard Cells. Organelle Movements.
"The editor has done a good job in compiling a book that contains diverse reviews of the plant cytoskeleton. This volume is a must for researchers interested in this topic and will be invaluable to readers from undergraduates to senior investigators. It is recommended for acquisition by university libraries."
- Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 79, No. 3, September 2004
"The collection of articles here provides a very useful 'at-a-glance' state of the art (and science) of plant cytoskeletal research, in one place…give[s] a useful insight into current thinking on some of the intricacies of the plant cytoskeleton."
- Annals of Botany, Vol. 95, 2005