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Chlamydomonas#80513a

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 thin x-section cut through the isolated axoneme. Chlamydomonas flagella have the "9+2" structure characteristic of all eukaryotic cells. The axoneme has a central unit containing two single microtubules and nine peripheral doublet microtubules (known as the "9+2"). Dynein sidearms project from the A tubule of each doublet. Also visible in this image are the radial spokes and the inner sheath.

Smith, E.F and P.A. Lefebvre (1996) "PF16 Encodes a Protein with Armadillo Repeats and Localizes to a Single Microtubule of the Central Apparatus in Chlamydomonas Flagella", J. Cell Biology, 132(3): 359-370

JEOL 100CX TEM

Writer

Elizabeth Smith, Louisa Howard, Erin Dymek

Keywords

Algae, TEM, Chlamydomonas, flagella, axoneme, microtubule