Biophysical aspects and modelling of ciliary motility.

  title={Biophysical aspects and modelling of ciliary motility.},
  author={M. E. J. Holwill and George F. Foster and Toshikazu Hamasaki and Peter Satir},
  journal={Cell motility and the cytoskeleton},
  volume={32 2},
The dominance of viscous forces in the generation of propulsive thrust by cilia is emphasised. Fourier analysis indicates that ciliary bends consist of circular arcs joined by linear segments; this arc-line shape appears to be a property associated with the molecular mechanism responsible for bending the cilium and is unchanged by variations in the external viscous loading on the organelle. The flexibility of a computer-generated model of axonemal structure is demonstrated by the incorporation… CONTINUE READING