Biology of Fibrous Composites: Development beyond the Cell by Anthony Charles Neville

By Anthony Charles Neville

This ebook tackles an important unsolved challenge in developmental biology--how does chemistry create structure outdoor cells? The underlying speculation of this publication is that the fibers are oriented by means of self-assembly simply outdoors the cells in the course of a cellular liquid crystalline part sooner than stabilization; the writer demonstrates that the most typical orientations of the fibers are plywood laminates (orthogonal and helicoidal), and as parallel fibers. eventually, he exhibits that those might be imitated within the laboratory by way of liquid crystalline chemical compounds. Many effective photos will reduction the initiated in spotting a few of the different types of fibers.

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By far the most influential landmark in helicoidal studies was the paper on crab cuticle by Yves Bouligand (1965). This has generated a large number of publications and widespread n i ter­ est. My own n i terest in helicoidal systems arose from the receipt of a copy of Bouligand's paper. I was also influenced by a visit to Cambridge, where Lawrerce Picken drew my attention to the 23 Helicoidal plywoods in animals I 41 'feathery' drawing of Halocynthia by Schulze (1863). I owe a great debt of gratitude to both Bouligand and Picken.

Further research on cornea will be crucial to an understanding of various forms of vision impairment in humans. The orthogonal pattern in mammals s i recorded as different from that in birds (Ozanics, Rayborn, & Sagun, 1977). The mammalian primary stroma is not so well organized and contains only a few orthogonally arranged fibrils (Hay, 1980). 14. Electron micrograph of a section through the cornea of an amphibian eye (common fr og, Rana temporaria). The collagen fibrils form a neat orthogonal plywood.

Most examples found washed up on the shore have already hatched and are empty. The inner layers of the egg capsule wall consist of fibres of collagen-like protein arranged in parallel sheets. 4 µm thick, are set at 45° (Knight & Hunt, 1974b). Graptolites are an extinct group of marine colonial organisms, widely distributed in the seas during the early Paleozoic. They form one class (Graptolithina) of the phylum Hemichordata, itself closely related to the Chordata. Well-preserved fossil graptolites may be chemically isolated and then sectioned for transmission electron microscopy.

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