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A slender, leafless branch of the gametophyte in certain Bryatae.
(cell and molecular biology)
Temporary projection of the protoplast of ameboid cells in which cytoplasm streams actively during extension and withdrawal.
(invertebrate zoology)
Foot of a rotifer.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a temporary protrusion of cytoplasm in unicellular organisms (rhizopods, some flagellates, sporozoans, and myxomycetes) and in some multicellular organisms (leukocytes; macrophages; the eggs of sponges, coelenterates, and acoelomate tubellarians; some cells in tissue cultures).

Pseudopodia aid in amoeboid locomotion and enable the organisms to grasp food or foreign particles. Since the pseudopodia can appear and be withdrawn again in different parts of the cell, the shape of the cells in amoeboid locomotion is constantly changing. The formation of pseudopodia and amoeboid locomotion result from local changes in the surface tension of the cell and from little-studied mechanisms of overflow, contraction, extension, and liquefaction of the cytoplasm.

In amoebas, the pseudopodia are lobed or filiform. In foraminiferans and radiolarians, they are branched, thin, and long, and they coalesce with one another. The pseudopodia of sun animalcules contain a solid, elastic axial filament (axopodium), which is responsible for the flexibility and constancy of the shape of the organisms. The pseudopodia are usually digitiform or lobed in the amoeboid cells of multicellular organisms.


Seravin, L. N. Dvigatel’nye sistemy prosteishikh. Leningrad, 1967.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Cells lacking ponticulin are less efficient in migrating up chemotactic gradients, apparently due to a loss of positional control of both anterior and lateral pseudopods. The pseudopods in ponticulin-minus cells appear to form normally; but during cell movement they undergo dramatic shifts in position relative to the substratum, a behavior never seen in cells containing ponticulin.
If a cell is on the rigid side of the matrix, I can argue that when the pseudopod stretches into the softer side of the matrix it will become more active, whereas the pseudopod in the rigid side will become less active.
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In inflammatory response, the neutrophils among blood cells have a remarkable migration potency (chemotaxis) and can change their form by generating pseudopods toward the antigen.
Treatment of neutrophils with the chemotaxin, formylmethionylleucylphenylanaline, leads to a translocation of n-SMase to plasma membranes where it is involved in the spreading and the extension of pseudopods. In these cells, n-SMase seems to influence the distribution of Rac 1/2 and RhoA to the leading edge of migration as this polarized distribution is totally lost when n-SMase was inhibited [86].