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Cellular Membranes in Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123955333, 9780323152228

Cellular Membranes in Development

1st Edition

Editor: Michael Locke
eBook ISBN: 9780323152228
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1964
Page Count: 398
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Cellular Membranes in Development covers the proceedings of the 1963 22nd Symposium on ""The Society for the Study of Development and Growth"" held in Storrs, Connecticut. This book is organized into 10 chapters that discuss the properties, isolation, function, composition, and physiological aspects of membranes. After briefly dealing with the principles of the unit membrane concept, the book describes the properties of lipid membranes of bilayer thickness with biological relevance. The next chapter focuses on hepatic cell and the modifications of the endoplasmic reticulum in cell differentiation in normal and cancerous growth. Another chapter describes the developmental changes in a particular experimental systems and the modification of the membranes by specific treatments using the apical portion of the primary root of Zea mays. The book also discusses the role of the different organelles in development, supporting the idea of topological continuity between the membranes of all the organelles except the mitochondria. Other chapters describe the cytology of oogenesis and fertilization in Pteridium aquilinum; the early events of fertilization in Hydroides and Saccoglossus; and the composition of cell walls of bacteria, yeast, and fungi. Some aspects of the capsules, microcapsules, and sheaths exhibited by some microorganisms are also covered. The last chapters deal with the quantitative aspects of plant cell permeation and permeability function and changes in relation to maturation and growth hormones. The book is an ideal source for cell biologists and researchers, evolutionists, and biochemists.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Unit Membranes: A Review with Recent New Studies of Experimental Alterations and a New Subunit Structure in Synaptic Membranes

The Unit Membrane Concept

The Generalized Unit Membrane Concept

The General Cell

Variations in Unit Membrane Thickness

Unit Membrane Contact Relationships

Experimental Alterations in Membrane Contact Relationships

Membrane Contact Phenomena in Synapses


The Properties of Bimolecular Phospholipid Membranes

Bilayer Formation

Bilayer Properties

Summary and Conclusions


Endoplasmic Reticulum and Microsomes of Rat Liver

The Endoplasmic Reticulum

The Microsomes

Functions of the Endoplasmic Reticulum

The Evolution of the Endoplasmic Reticulum during Cell Differentiation and Growth



The Dynamics of Cytoplasmic Membranes during Development

The Epidermis

The Cortex

The Stelar System

The Root Cap


The Endoplasmic Reticulum

The Golgi Apparatus

Vacuole Membranes

The Plasma Membrane

Working Hypotheses


Cellular Membranes in Oogenesis





The Membranes of the Fern Egg

The Nuclear Membrane

The Role of the Nuclear Membrane in Fertilization

The Egg Membrane



Role of the Gamete Membranes in Fertilization


Sperm-Egg Association

Pattern of Sperm-Egg Association: Comparative Aspects

Membrane Activity: Special Considerations



Composition and Function of Microbial Cell Walls

Microbial Cell Walls

Capsules, Microcapsules, and Sheaths

Cellular Membranes vs. Cellular Form


Physiological Aspects of Membrane Function in Plant Cells during Development

Quantitative Aspects of Plant Cell Permeation and Relative Permeability of Tonoplast and Plasma Membrane

Membrane Permeability as a Function of Development or Aging

Permeability Changes in Relation to Maturation and Growth Hormones



The Problem of Adhesive Selectivity in Cellular Interactions

Cell and Tissue Affinities

Adhesive Codes

The Need for Criteria of Selectivity

Thermodynamics and the Arrangement of Cells

A Reference System: The Stochastic Model

The Criteria of Selectivity

The Problem of Direct Measurement

The Problem of Recognition of Self


Author Index

Subject Index


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Michael Locke

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