Cytoskeleton Helps Keep the Cells Intact

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Similar to how the bone skeletons act as an internal support in our bodies, the cytoskeleton has a vital role in supporting the cell internally. The cytoskeleton helps keep the shape of the cells intact, and it is also a network that allows substances to move within the cells. It is essentially the internal framework of the cell just as the bones are the internal framework of our body. The cytoskeleton becomes a very important role in our body when the shapes of the cells need to be maintained and organelles need to move within the cells. Because there are different shapes of cells for different organs based on their roles, the cytoskeleton provides support by determining and maintaining the structures and shapes of the proteins through its networks within the cytoplasm. For every eukaryotic cell, the two important cytoskeletal elements are the microtubules and the microfilaments. For animals, intermediate filaments are the third element. The microtubules and the microfilaments allow substances to move within the cells, and the intermediate filaments are between the microtubules and the microfilaments. Microtubules have diameters of about 25 nm, and they vary in length but have the potential to grow longer (J.Kimball, 2013). According to Steinmetz (2007), the microtubules form protofilaments through the bonding between tubulins alpha and beta. Microtubules are most commonly found in the centrosome during cell division. Another important aspect of the microtubules is the

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