Multicellularity and the functional interdependence of motility and molecular transport.

  title={Multicellularity and the functional interdependence of motility and molecular transport.},
  author={Cristian A. Solari and Sujoy Ganguly and John O. Kessler and Richard E. Michod and Raymond E. Goldstein},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={103 5},
Benefits, costs, and requirements accompany the transition from motile totipotent unicellular organisms to multicellular organisms having cells specialized into reproductive (germ) and vegetative (sterile soma) functions such as motility. In flagellated colonial organisms such as the volvocalean green algae, organized beating by the somatic cells' flagella yields propulsion important in phototaxis and chemotaxis. It has not been generally appreciated that for the larger colonies flagellar… CONTINUE READING


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