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CIL:13138*  Cite 

In this colchicine-treated cell, used in an attempt to disrupt its microtubules, we found that microtubules already formed are not disrupted in Paramecium. This open cytoproct shows the microfilaments around the retrieved membrane vesicles. The larger vesicles appear to be expanded ER as ribosomes can be seen on their cytosolic face. A long membrane tubule appears to be bound to a microtubular ribbon that may have its origin at the cytopharynx. TEM taken on 1/16/73 by R. Allen with Hitachi HU11A operating at 60kV. Neg. 8,100X. Bar = 0.5µm.The negative was printed to paper and the image was scanned to Photoshop. This digitized image is available for qualitative analysis. An unprocessed, high resolution version of this image (CIL:38702) is in the library and 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. Additional information available at (

Biological Sources
NCBI Organism Classification
Paramecium multimicronucleatum
Cell Type
cell by organism
eukaryotic cell
Eukaryotic Protist
Ciliated Protist
Cellular Component
Richard Allen (University of Hawaii)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Archival Resource Key (ARK)
Grouping This image is part of a group.
Image Type
transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
illumination by electrons
Image Mode
detection of electrons
Parameters Imaged
electron density
Source of Contrast
stain with broad specificity
Visualization Methods
stain with broad specificity
osmium tetroxide
uranyl salt
lead salt
Processing History
recorded image
Print from negative scanned for Photoshop.
Data Qualifiers
processed data
Spatial Axis Image Size Pixel Size
X 2910px ——
Y 3235px ——