Intermediate filaments


hollow tubes made of coiled protein

two strands of intertwined protein

protein fibers coiled into cables

Protein subunits tubulin, with two subunits: a and ß tubulin


one of several types of fibrous proteins

Main function

maintenance of cell shape; cell motility (in cilia and flagella); chromosome movement; organelle movement

maintenance and changing of cell shape; muscle contraction; movement of cytoplasm; cell motility; cell division

maintenance of cell shape; anchor nucleus and other organelles; maintenance of shape of nucleus

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