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By Sarah, Kim, Max, and Mahendra Microfilaments Intermediate Filaments Microtubules CYTOSKELETON Those little hairlike strands on the outside of the animal cell are the CILIA The FLAGELLA is what looks like a tail on the cell Function & Importance Cytoskeleton Flagella Cilia •Maintains cell shape •Protects Cell •Enables cellular motion •Plays an important role in intracellular transport •Is very important in cell division •Helps with movement (example: sperm) •Helps with movement outside cell (example: Sweeping dust particles) Plant or Animal??? •Cytoskeleton: Both •Flagella: Animal •Cilia: Animal Cytoskeleton http://www.goldmanlab.northwestern.edu/images/iftransportcartoon.gif http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/C/Cytoskeleton.html Microtubules Intermediate Filaments Structure of a Cytoskeleton, Flagella and Cilia A cytoskeleton is made up of microtubules, microfilaments and intermediate filaments. It also contains a plasma membrane. The flagella and Cilia are also made up of plasma membranes and microtubules. Unlike Cytoskeleton they contain Dynein Arms and Radial spokes.