An image image of the multiple membrane systems at the cortex of ciliates. Thickened alveolar densities partially coat the alveolar membrane within the alveoli which underlie the plasma membrane of ciliates. The densities are seen particularly along the inner membrane at its corners with the septa. Fibrous systems lie within the cytoplasm next to these densities. Cross sections of four cilia are also seen. Standard glutaraldehyde fixation followed by osmium tetroxide, dehydrated in alcohol and embedded in an epoxy resin. Microtome sections prepared at approximately 75nm thickness. TEM taken on 5/28/69 by R. Allen with Philips 300 operating at 60kV. Neg. 14,800X. Bar = 0.5?m. A print of the negative was scanned and processed in Photoshop. This image is best used for qualitative analysis. A high resolution image (CIL:9017) is available for quantitative analysis.
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Biological Process: Multiple cell membranes, Ciliary or flagellar motility, Microtubule cytoskeleton organization
Author: Richard Allen
Source: The Cell: An Image Library