Cellular Membranes in Development

Cellular Membranes in Development

1st Edition - January 1, 1964

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  • Editor: Michael Locke
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323152228

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1964
  • Published: January 1, 1964
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323152228

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Michael Locke

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