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This page links to movies demonstrating concepts and findings in Cell Biology. Note that some videos on this current page are classified as a specific topic, but may well include concepts in other cell biology topics (e.g. exocytosis, Golgi or cytoskeleton). Each movie is listed only once on the page, opening the movie page can identify additional concepts covered.

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  • Note that the dynamic nature of the internet may mean some external addresses may change over time.
  • Movies are in MP4 and Quicktime format when available, some may not be supported by all browsers.

Movie Types

  1. animations designed to demonstrate cell biology concepts (textbooks and education sites).
  2. living cells designed to show dynamic processes in cells (research labs and papers).

External sources:

  • iBioSeminars - From the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) presentations by expert researchers in specific cell biology topics. iBioSeminars
  • JoVE - Journal of Visualized Experiments an online journal that publishes peer-reviewed scientific video protocols. JoVe

How to play Movies

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  • Play - Opens just the movie in the browser window, no additional information is shown.


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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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Microtubule movie 1.jpg
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Microtubule movie 2.jpg
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Microtubule movie 3.jpg
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Microfilament movie 1.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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Translation movie 1.jpg
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Textbook Animations

The Journal of Cell Biology

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

External Links

External Links Notice - The dynamic nature of the internet may mean that some of these listed links may no longer function. If the link no longer works search the web with the link text or name.

  • EMBO J - Web Focus - Imaging
  • iBioSeminars - From the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) presentations by expert researchers in specific cell biology topics. iBioSeminars
  • JoVE - Journal of Visualized Experiments an online journal that publishes peer-reviewed scientific video protocols. JoVe

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