A septate junction is described in reproductive pairs of the protozoon Gregarina polymorpha, using conventional thin sections, lanthanum tracer and freeze-fracture techniques. The septate junction is established between the plasma membranes at the tips of the joined epicytic folds. It is characterized by an intercellular space of 14–17 nm traversed by septa with a repeat of 15–25 nm. Lanthanum-treated material exhibits transparent curves forming a meshwork. Freeze-fracture replicas show membrane modifications in the shape of short rows of intramembranous particles on the E fracture face of the plasma membrane. The significance of the finding of such a septate junction between protozoan cells is discussed.

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