Basal sliding and the mechanics of oscillation in a mammalian sperm flagellum.

@article{Vernon2004BasalSA,
  title={Basal sliding and the mechanics of oscillation in a mammalian sperm flagellum.},
  author={Geraint G Vernon and David M Woolley},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={87 6},
  pages={3934-44}
}
The mechanism of oscillation in cilia and flagella has been a long-standing mystery. This article raises the possibility of a mechanical explanation based on new findings relating to where in the flagellum microtubule sliding can occur--and where it cannot occur. All theoretical analyses of flagellar bending have until now made the assumption that sliding displacements at the base of the flagellum cannot occur. One consequence of this has been the need to accept that sliding must be transmitted… CONTINUE READING

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