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This page links to movies demonstrating concepts and findings in Cell Biology.

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Movie Types

The 2 main linked movie types are:

  1. animations demonstrating cell biology concepts (textbooks and education sites)
  2. from living cells showing dynamic processes (research labs and papers)

Textbook Animations

The Journal of Cell Biology


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Melanoma chemotaxis movie.jpg
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Bacteria cell division 1.jpg
 ‎‎Bacteria Division
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Bacteria cell division 2.jpg
 ‎‎Bacteria Division
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Bacteria motility movie 1.jpg
 ‎‎Bacteria Motility
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Exocytosis and Endocytosis

Exocytosis movie 1.jpg
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Endoplasmic reticulum movie 1.jpg
 ‎‎Endoplasmic Reticulum
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Endosome movie 1.jpg
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Microfilament movie 1.jpg
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Microtubule movie 1.jpg
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Microtubule movie 2.jpg
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Nucleus movie 1.jpg
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Nucleus movie 2.jpg
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Mitochondria movie 2.jpg
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Apoptosis movie 1.jpg
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ASCB iBioSeminars


Immune Response by Ira Mellman - Part 1: Cellular Basis of the Immune Response | Part 2:Antigen Presentation and Dendritic Cells

Adhesion, Signaling and Cancer by Mary Beckerle - Part 1: Understanding Cancer From Its Beginnings | Part 2: Discovery and Characterization of a Focal Adhesion Protein Implicated in Tumor Progression | Part 3: : Focal Adhesions as Stress Sensors

Telomeres and Telomerase by Elizabeth Blackburn - Part 1: The Roles of Telomeres and Telomerase | Part 2: Telomeres and Telomerase in Human Stem Cells and in Cancer | Part 3: Stress, Telomeres and Telomerase in Humans

Apoptosis by Xiaodang Wang - Part 1: Introduction to Apoptosis | Part 2: Factors Involved in the Intrinsic Pathway of Apoptosis | Part 3: Extrinsic Pathway and Regulation of Apoptosis

Seven Transmembrane Receptors by Robert Lefkowitz - Part 1: A Brief History of Seven Transmembrane Receptor Discovery | Part 2: Beta-arrestins

Stem Cells by Elaine Fuchs - Part 1: Introduction to Stem Cells | Part 2:Tapping the Potential of Adult Stem Cells, and Summary

Separating Duplicated Chromosomes by Dick McIntosh - Part 1: Preparing for Cell Division | Part 2: Understanding Mitosis through Experimentation | Part 3: Moving Chromosome to the Spindle Poles: the mechanisms of anaphase A

Short Presentations



  • Cytoskeleton - Motility Novel roles of formin mDia2 in lamellipodia and filopodia formation in motile cells. Yang C, Czech L, Gerboth S, Kojima S, Scita G, Svitkina T. PLoS Biol. 2007 Nov;5(11):e317. PMID: 18044991 Supporting Information Movies
  • Cytoskeleton - Motility Listeria monocytogenes invades the epithelial junctions at sites of cell extrusion. Pentecost M, Otto G, Theriot JA, Amieva MR. PLoS Pathog. 2006 Jan;2(1):e3. Epub 2006 Jan 27. PMID: 16446782 Supporting Information Movies
  • Human papillomavirus type 16 entry: retrograde cell surface transport along actin-rich protrusions. Schelhaas M, Ewers H, Rajamäki ML, Day PM, Schiller JT, Helenius A. PLoS Pathog. 2008 Sep 5;4(9):e1000148. PMID: 18773072 Supporting Information Movies
  • Real-time visualization of HIV-1 GAG trafficking in infected macrophages. Gousset K, Ablan SD, Coren LV, Ono A, Soheilian F, Nagashima K, Ott DE, Freed EO. PLoS Pathog. 2008 Mar 7;4(3):e1000015. PMID: 18369466 Supporting Information Movies
  • Real-time high resolution 3D imaging of the lyme disease spirochete adhering to and escaping from the vasculature of a living host. Moriarty TJ, Norman MU, Colarusso P, Bankhead T, Kubes P, Chaconas G. PLoS Pathog. 2008 Jun 20;4(6):e1000090. PMID: 18566656 Supporting Information Movies
  • Directed migration of positively selected thymocytes visualized in real time. Witt CM, Raychaudhuri S, Schaefer B, Chakraborty AK, Robey EA. PLoS Biol. 2005 Jun;3(6):e160. Epub 2005 May 3. Erratum in: PLoS Biol. 2005 Oct;3(10):e373. PMID: 15869324 Supporting Information Movies
  • Serial block-face scanning electron microscopy to reconstruct three-dimensional tissue nanostructure. Denk W, Horstmann H. PLoS Biol. 2004 Nov;2(11):e329. Epub 2004 Oct 19. PMID: 15514700
  • Force-induced unfolding of fibronectin in the extracellular matrix of living cells. Smith ML, Gourdon D, Little WC, Kubow KE, Eguiluz RA, Luna-Morris S, Vogel V. PLoS Biol. 2007 Oct 2;5(10):e268. PMID: 17914904

J Cell Biology Movies

EMBO J Movies