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An International Journal of Animal, Fungal and Plant Cell Biology

Editors-in-Chief: P. Nick; R. Stick

ISSN: 0033-183X (print version)
ISSN: 1615-6102 (electronic version)

Journal no. 709

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P. Nick
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Botanical Institute, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
E-mail: peter.nick@kit.edu


B. Becker, Cologne, Germany
Plant cytoskeleton, stress metabolsim, organelles

P. Binarova, Praha, Czech Republic
Plant cell biology, plant cytoskeleton, cell cycle and signalling

N. Carrillo, Rosario, Argentina
Plant molecular biology, redox biochemistry, stress physiology, chloroplasts

B.B. Epel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Plasmodesmata, viral spread, cell-to-cell communication

K. Harter, Tübingen, Germany
Plant physiology, signal transduction, molecular biology

M. Heinlein, Strasbourg, France
Plant virology, cell-cell communication

A. Holzinger, Innsbruck, Austria
Abiotic stress, green algae, plant cell biology, ultrastructure

L. Jiang, Hong Kong, China
Plant cell biology, protein targeting, organelle biogenesis

B. Kost, Uppsala, Sweden
Actin, tip growth, pollen tubes

T. Kuroiwa, Tokyo, Japan
Plastids, molecular motors, algae

U. Mathesius, Canberra, Australia
Plant cell biology, plant-microbe interactions, plant (hormone) physiology, bacterial infection into plants

J. Mathur, Guelph, ON, Canada
Cytoskeleton, plant morphogenesis, organelle interactions

D. McCurdy, Callaghan, Australia
Plant cytoskeleton, transfer cells, organelle Dynamics

S. Mursalimov, Novosibirsk, Russia
Meiosis, microsporogenesis, ultrastructure

H. Paves, Tallinn, Estonia
Myosin, actin, microfilament, cytoplasmic streaming, plasmodesmata

A.-C. Schmit, Strasbourg, France
Plant cytoskeleton, cell cycle, video microscopy

A. Schulz, Copenhagen, Denmark
Plant cytology, plasmodesmata, ultrastructure, in-vivo imaging

B. N. Tripathi, Bilaspur, India
Oxidative stress, algae, stress physiology, heavy metal 



R. Stick
Department of Cell Biology, University of Bremen, Germany
E-mail: stick@uni-bremen.de


D. Chandler, Tempe, AZ, USA
Animal cell biology, fertilization, signal transduction, vesicle trafficking, microscopy

P. Dráber, Praha, Czech Republic
Cytoskeleton, microtubule organization, signal transduction, light microscopy

R. Gräf, Potsdam, Germany
Cytoskeleton, microscopy, Dictyostelium 

H.-H. Kassemeyer, Freiburg, Germany
Pathogen-host-interaction, electron microscopy, protists

G. Krohne, Würzburg, Germany
Ultrastructure of tissues and cells, cytoskeleton and organelles, nuclear structure and function, cnidaria and platyhelminthes

M. Pavelka, Vienna, Austria
Animal cell biology structure and function, cytoskeleton, cell death, organelles, microscopy

Reviews Editors

K. Brix, Bremen, Germany
J. Mathur, Guelph, ON, Canada


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     Protoplasma publishes original papers, short communications and review articles which are of interest to cell biology in all its scientific and applied aspects. We seek contributions dealing with plants and animals but also prokaryotes, protists and fungi, from the following fields:

    • cell biology of both single and multicellular organisms
    • molecular cytology
    • the cell cycle
    • membrane biology including biogenesis, dynamics, energetics and electrophysiology
    • inter- and intracellular transport
    • the cytoskeleton
    • organelles
    • experimental and quantitative ultrastructure
    • cyto- and histochemistry

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