Image of the pellicle of Opercularia coarctata. Indentations of the plasma membrane penetrate the alveolar membranes end as coated pits. These pits are also known as pellicular pores are homologous to parasomal sacs of other ciliates. The surface ridges contain an electron opaque rod in the cytosol of unknown composition, seen here in cross section. TEM taken on 6/11/69 by R. Allen with Philips 300 operating at 60kV. Neg. 30,000X. Bar = 0.25?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:7336) is available for quantitative analysis.
Standard glutaraldehyde fixation followed by osmium tetroxide, dehydrated in alcohol and embedded in an epoxy resin. Microtome sections prepared at approximately 75nm thickness.
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Biological Process: Plasma membrane organization, Clathrin coat assembly, Cytoskeletal anchoring at plasma membrane, Cytoskeletal organization
Author: Richard Allen (University of Hawaii)
Source: The Cell: An Image Library