What keeps cells in shape?

Professors at NYU, a NYSERNet member discovered that some cellular compartments don’t have membranes, which were previously seen as necessary to hold a cell together. In their study, the researchers focused on the best known example of such cellular liquid droplet: the nucleolus, which resides inside the cell nucleus and is vital to cell’s protein synthesis. The scientists examined the motion and fusion of human nucleoli in live human cells, while monitoring their shape, size, and smoothness of their surface. Their latest study showed two types of nucleolar pair movements or “dances”: an unexpected correlated motion prior to their fusion and separate independent motion.  Read more here: https://bit.ly/34Gahro