The cytoproct is the cell’s defecation site where spent digestive vacuoles fuse with the plasma membrane. In this cell the cytoproct is closed and forms a ridge along the posterior suture on the ventral side of the cell. The ridge contains distinctive fibers not found in other parts of the cell. It is covered on its sides by alveoli but has a single membrane over the crest of the ridge. The somatic basal bodies on both sides of the ridge give rise to microtubular bundles that extend into the endoplasm where they lie against the surface of approaching spent vacuoles (DV-IV). The spent vacuole has tubular extensions protruding from its membrane. TEM taken on 4/13/73 by R. Allen with Hitachi HU11A operating at 75kV. Neg. 13,250X. Bar = 0.5µm. Adapted with permission.
Standard glutaraldehyde fixation followed by osmium tetroxide, dehydrated in alcohol and embedded in an epoxy resin. Microtome sections prepared at approximately 75nm thickness. The negative was printed to paper and the image was scanned to Photoshop. This digitized image is available for qualitative analysis. There is a high resolution version of this image in the library (CIL:39181) which is available for quantitative analysis. Additional information available at (http://www5.pbrc.hawaii.edu/allen/).
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