Building a Cell from its Component Parts

Building a Cell from its Component Parts

1st Edition - May 20, 2015

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  • Editors: Jennifer Ross, Wallace F. Marshall
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128024508
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128026397

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The cell interior is another world that we are only beginning to explore. Although there are a number of approaches for examining the inner workings of the cell, the reductionist approach of building up complexity appeals to many with physical science and engineering backgrounds. This volume of Methods in Cell Biology spans a range of spatial scales from single protein molecules to vesicle and cell sized structures capable of complex behaviors. Contributions include; methods for combining different motors and cytoskeletal components in defined ways to produce more complex behaviors; methods to combine cytoskeletal assemblies with fabricated devices such as chambers or pillar arrays; reconstituting membrane fission and fusion; reconstituting important biological processes that normally take place on membrane surfaces; and methods for encapsulating protein machines within vesicles or droplets.

Key Features

  • Covers sections on model systems and functional studies, imaging-based approaches and emerging studies
  • Chapters are written by experts in the field
  • Cutting-edge material


Researchers and students in cell, molecular and developmental biology

Table of Contents

  • 1. In Vitro Systems for the Study of Microtubule-Based Cell Polarity in Fission Yeast
    Núria Taberner, Andries Lof, Sophie Roth, Dimitry Lamers, Hans Zeijlemaker and Marileen      Dogterom
    2. Microtubules, MAPs, and Motor Patterns
    Kasimira T. Stanhope and Jennifer L. Ross
    3. Self-Organization of Motors and Microtubules in Lipid-Monolayered Droplets
    Hella Baumann and  Thomas Surrey
    4. Reconstitution of Microtubule Based Motility Using Cell Extracts
    Swathi Ayloo and Erika L. F. Holzbaur
    5. Building Cells for Quantitative, Live-cell Analyses of Collective Motor Protein Functions
    Eric A. Kumar, David Tsao, Anand Radhakrishnan and Michael Diehl
    6. Reconstituting Cytoskeletal Contraction Events with Biomimetic Actin-Myosin Active gels
    José Alvarado and Gijsje H. Koenderink
    7. Building an Artificial Actin Cortex on Microscopic Pillar Arrays
    R. Ayadi and W. H. Roos
    8. Triggering Actin Polymerization in Xenopus Egg Extracts from Phosphoinositide-Containing Lipid Bilayers
    Astrid Walrant, Daniel S. Saxton, Guilherme Pereira Correia and Jennifer L. Gallop
    9. Reconstituting Geometry Modulated Protein Patterns in Membrane Compartments
    Katja Zieske and Petra Schwille
    10.  Structural and Functional Studies of Membrane Remodeling Machines
    Raghav Kalia, Nathaniel Talledge and Adam Frost
    11. Building Interconnected Membrane Networks
    Matthew A. Holden
    12. Using Supported Bilayers to Study the Spatiotemporal Organization of Membrane Bound Proteins
    Phuong A. Nguyen, Christine M. Field, Aaron C. Groen, Timothy J. Mitchison and Martin Loose
    13. Reconstituting ParA/ParB-Mediated Transport of DNA Cargo
    Anthony G. Vecchiarelli, James A. Taylor and Kiyoshi Mizuuchi
    14. Cell-Sized Liposomes that Mimic Cell Motility and the Cell Cortex
    Joël Lemière, Kevin Carvalho and Cécile Sykes
    15.  Reconstitution of Cortical Actin Networks Within Water-In-Oil Emulsions
    Enas Abu Shah, Maya Malik-Garbi and Kinneret Keren
    16.   Engineering Artificial Cells by Combining HeLa-Based Cell-Free Expression and   Ultra-Thin Double Emulsion Template
    Kenneth K.Y. Ho, Victoria L. Murray, Allen P. Liu
    17.  Reconstitution of Proteins on Electroformed Giant Unilamellar Vesicles
    Eva M. Schmid, David L. Richmond, and Daniel A. Fletcher
    18.  Reconstituting SNARE-Mediated Membrane Fusion at the Single Liposome Level
    Volker Kiessling, Binyong Liang and Lukas K. Tamm

Product details

  • No. of pages: 404
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2015
  • Published: May 20, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128024508
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128026397

About the Serial Volume Editors

Jennifer Ross

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Wallace F. Marshall

Wallace F. Marshall
Wallace Marshall is an electrical engineer by training, who became interested in biology out of a desire to understand how cells solve engineering problems, such as determining the size of organelles. He received his Ph.D. at UCSF with John Sedat, where he studied the diffusional of motion of interphase chromatin using live cell imaging and computational image analysis. He then trained as a postdoc with Joel Rosenbaum at Yale, where he began studying the mechanisms regulating the length of cilia and flagella. He is now Profess of Biochemistry at UCSF, where he lab continues to study the assembly and length regulation of cilia and flagella, as well as the mechanisms that regulate the size of other organelles. His work takes advantage of an integrated combination of methods including genetics, microscopy, and computational modeling, as well as a wide variety of model organisms including Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Stentor coeruleus, yeast, flatworms, and mammalian cells.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California San Fransisco at Mission Bay, USA

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