Scale production has been studied after glutaraldehyde fixation with the primary object of tracing the source of flagellar scales which this species is known to possess (Manton, Oates & Parke, 1963). Large numbers of all types of flagellar scales, unmixed with body-type scales, are detectable at all times, stored in an orderly arrangement within a vesicular scale reservoir of characteristic morphology which is described. These scales are liberated through a narrow duct opening to the cell exterior near the flagellar bases. This duct is thought to be temporary and subject to reformation with minor change of site, since open ducts are more frequently encountered in darkness than by day; some putative developmental stages are illustrated. Observations on other details of scale production include demonstration of the formation of all types of body scales within the Golgi cisternae, sometimes together with a few flagella-type scales. The larger body-type scales are uniformly oriented within the Golgi cisternae in relation to the position of the subtending endoplasmic reticulum. This orientation is lost before liberation to the cell surface, which occurs from moderate-sized detached vesicles in an unknown manner. The implications of these findings for an understanding of Golgi structure and of the basic problem of scale arrangement on the receiving sites are discussed in a preliminary way.
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JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 December 1966
Observations on Scale Production in Pyramimonas Amylifera Conrad
Botany Department, University of Leeds
Received: 01 Aug 1966
Online Issn: 1477-9137
Print Issn: 0021-9533
Copyright © 1966 The Company of Biologists Ltd.
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IRENE MANTON; Observations on Scale Production in Pyramimonas Amylifera Conrad. J Cell Sci 1 December 1966; 1 (4): 429–438. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jcs.1.4.429
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