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How sperm cells tails are formed

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How sperm cells tails are formed

Credits: Zita Carvalho-Santos, IGC

Oeiras, 22.08.12

Sperm cells swim because of flagella, hair like structures extending from the cell surface that beat rhythmically to propel the cells forward. In the latest issue of the journal Developmental Cell, the team of Monica Bettencourt-Dias at the IGC analyses the dynamic process of flagella formation in the sperm cells of the fruit fly. In yet another example of the complementing skills available within this Laboratório Associado, the study has also the contribution of ITQB and IBET researchers.


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Source: IGC


Original Article

Developmental Cell (2012) 23, 412–424

BLD10/CEP135 Is a Microtubule-Associated Protein that Controls the Formation of the Flagellum Central Microtubule Pair

Zita Carvalho-Santos1,5,Pedro Machado1,5, Inês Alvarez-Martins1, Susana M. Gouveia1, Swadhin C. Jana1, Paulo Duarte1, Tiago Amado1, Pedro Branco1, Micael C. Freitas2, Sara T.N. Silva2,3, Claude Antony4, Tiago M. Bandeiras2,3, and Mónica Bettencourt-Dias1

1- Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência,
2 - IBET
3 - Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
4 - European Molecular Biology Laboratory
5 - These authors contributed equally to this work


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