NSCI 341
Cell Dynamics Living Systems Spring 2010
Division III
Cross-listed NSCI 341 / BIOL 410
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Far from being static entities, individual cells can exhibit dynamic behaviors, sometimes migrating great distances or structurally reorganizing as in the formation–or reformation–of neuronal synapses. The ability of cells to move and reshape underlies a vast array of normal biological processes, including immune function, embryonic development, and memory formation, as well as abnormal processes such as cancer growth and metastasis. It is through precise regulation of cytoskeletal dynamics that much of cellular motility is achieved, and we are just beginning to understand the detailed mechanisms of how this is regulated. In this course we will examine the theory and mechanisms of bacterial chemotaxis, the remarkable life cycle of the soil-dwelling amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, and how migration and motility are regulated in a variety of eukaryotic systems.
The Class: Format: discussion, three hours per week
Limit: 12
Expected: 8
Class#: 3857
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation and several short papers
Prerequisites: Biology 202 and either Biology 205 or Biology 212; open to juniors and seniors
Enrollment Preferences: senior Biology majors who have not taken a 400-level course
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
NSCI 341 Division III BIOL 410 Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group A Electives

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