Elliott & Elliott: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4e
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Smooth muscle contraction
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Actin filament assembly
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Microtubules in cell movement
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Microtubules in vesicle transport
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Transport processes within the cytoplasm which move vesicles and other organelles along actin filaments and microtubules.
Microtubules in mitosis
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