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High resolution image of the detail of the three fibers supporting a basal body. A striated kinetodesmal fiber extends anteriorly from the basal body, a postciliary microtubular ribbon extends posteriorly and a transverse microtubular ribbon extends to the right of the anterior-posterior axis of the row of basal bodies. Basal bodies are composed of 9 triplet fibers each set at a tangent to the cylinder of the long axis of the bb. TEM taken on 3/4/69 by R. Allen with Philips 300 operating at 60kV. Neg. 39,900X. The raw film was scanned with an Epson Perfection V750 Pro. Standard glutaraldehyde fixation followed by osmium tetroxide, dehydrated in alcohol and embedded in an epoxy resin. Microtome sections prepared at approximately 75nm. Additional information available at (

Biological Sources
NCBI Organism Classification
Cell Type
cell by organism
eukaryotic cell
Eukaryotic Protist
Ciliated Protist
Cell Line
Cambridge Culture Collection, Cambridge, England, catalog # LB1650/1
Cellular Component
microtubule basal body
Richard Allen
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
unprocessed raw data
Data Qualifiers
raw, unprocessed data
suitable for spatial measurements
Spatial Axis Image Size Pixel Size
X 4840px 0.38nm
Y 6047px 0.38nm