A regular hexagonal array of morphological units is observed in negatively stained preparations of a membrane from the surface of the spherical bacterium Micrococcus radiodurans. Fragments of this membrane are frequently folded so that structural details from two or more layers are superimposed. The appearance of the resulting moiré patterns is illustrated and the need to be aware of the possibility of the formation of these patterns in similar biological specimens is stressed.
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JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 December 1966
Moiré Patterns in Electron Micrographs of a Bacterial Membrane
AUDREY M. GLAUERT
Strangeways Research Laboratory, Cambridge
Received: 06 Jul 1966
Online Issn: 1477-9137
Print Issn: 0021-9533
Copyright © 1966 The Company of Biologists Ltd.
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AUDREY M. GLAUERT; Moiré Patterns in Electron Micrographs of a Bacterial Membrane. J Cell Sci 1 December 1966; 1 (4): 425–428. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jcs.1.4.425
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