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Chlamydomonas#80506

Caption

Transmission electron microscope image, showing an example of green algae (Chlorophyta).

Chlamydomanas reinhardtii is a unicellular flagellate used as a model system in molecular genetics work and flagellar motility studies.

This image is a longitudinal section through a portion of the flagellar apparatus. In the cell apex are the basal body regions that are the anchoring sites for the flagella. This image shows that the two flagella form a V and they are connected at their bases by a transversely striated fibre. This connection is thought to play a part in the coordination of flagellar movement. Also visible is the transition region, with its fibers of the stellate structure.

JEOL 100CX TEM

Writer

Elizabeth Smith, Louisa Howard, Erin Dymek

Keywords

Algae, TEM, Chlamydomonas, flagella