Alberts, B., Bray, D., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K., & Watson, J.D. (1989) Molecular Biology of the Cell, 2nd edn, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York.
A superb textbook on cell structure and function, covering the topics considered in this chapter, and a useful reference for many of the following chapters.
Becker, W.M. & Deamer, D.W. (1991) The World of the Cell, 2nd edn, The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Redwood City, CA.
An excellent introductory textbook of cell biology.
Curtis, H. & Barnes, N.S. (1989) Biology, 5th edn, Worth Publishers, Inc., New York.
A beautifully written and illustrated general biology textbook.
Darnell, J., Lodish, H., & Baltimore, D. (1990) Molecular Cell Biology, 2nd edn, Scientific American Books, Inc., New York.
Like the book by Alberts and coauthors, a superb text useful for this and later chapters.
Prescott, D.M. (1988) Cells, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Boston, MA.
A short, well-illustrated introductory textbook on cell structure and function, with emphasis on structure.
Evolution of Cells
Evolution of Catalytic Function. (1987) Cold Spring Harb. Symp. Quant. Biol. 52.
A collection of excellent papers on many aspects of molecular and cellular evolution.
Knoll, A.H. (1991) End of the proterozoic eon. Sci. Am. 265 (October), 64–73.
Discussion of the evidence that an increase in atmospheric oxygen led to the development of multi-cellular organisms, including large animals.
Margulis, L. (1992) Symbiosis in Cell Euolution. Microbial Evolution in the Archean and Proterozoic Eons, 2nd edn, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York.
Clear discussion of the hypothesis that mitochondria and chloroplasts are descendants of bacteria that became symbiotic with primitive eukaryotic cells.
Schopf, J.W. (1978) The evolution of the earliest cells. Sci. Am. 239 (September), 110–139.
Vidal, G. (1984) The oldest eukaryotic cell. Sci. Am. 250 (February), 48–57.
Structure of Cells and Organelles
Bloom, W. & Fawcett, D.W. (1986) A Textbook of Histology, 11th edn, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA.
A standard textbook, containing detailed descriptions of the structures of animal cells, tissues, and organs.
de Duve, C. (1984) A Guided Tour of the Living Cell, Scientific American Books, Inc., New York.
An easy-to-read, well-illustrated description of the structure and functions of the organelles of the eukaryotic cell.
Margulis, L. & Schwartz, K.V. (1987) Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth, 2nd edn, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York.
Description of unicellular and multicellular organisms, beautifully illustrated with electron micrographs and drawings showing the diversity of structure and function.
Rothman, J.E. (1985) The compartmental organization of the Golgi apparatus. Sci. Am. 253 (September), 74–89.
Gelfand, V. & Bershadsky, A.D. (1991) Microtubule dynamics: mechanism, regulation, and function. Annu. Rev. Cell Biol. 7, (September), 93–116.
Organization of the Cytoplasm. (1981) Cold Spring Harb. Symp. Quant. Biol. 46.
More than 90 excellent papers on microtubules, microfilaments, and intermediate filaments and their biological roles.
Schroer, T.A. & Sheetz, M.P. (1991) Functions of microtubule-based motors. Annu. Rev. Physiol. 53, 629–652.
Steinert, P.M. & Parry, D.A.D. (1985) Intermediate filaments: conformity and diversity of expression and structure. Annu. Rev. Cell Biol. 1, 41–65.
Stossel, T.P. (1989) From signal to pseudopod: how cells control cytoplasmic actin assembly. J. Biol. Chem. 264, 18261–18264.
Vale, R.D. (1990) Microtubule-based motor proteins. Curr. Opinion Cell Biol. 2, 15–22.
Vallee, R.B. & Shpetner, H.S. (1990) Motor proteins of cytoplasmic microtubules. Annu. Rev. Biochem. 59, 909–932.