Affordable Access

STUDIES ON CILIA : The Fixation of the Metachronal Wave

Authors
Journal
The Journal of Cell Biology
0021-9525
Publisher
The Rockefeller University Press
Publication Date
Keywords
  • Article

Abstract

Upon excision into spring water, the lateral cilia of the gill of the freshwater mussel Elliptio complanatus (Solander) stop beating, but 0.04 M potassium ion can activate the gill so that these cilia again beat with metachronal rhythm. One per cent osmium tetroxide quickly pipetted onto a fully activated gill fixes the lateral cilia in a pattern that preserves the form and arrangement of the metachronal wave, and permits the cilia to be studied with the electron microscope in all stages of their beat cycle. Changes are seen in the fixed active preparation that are not present in the inactive control, i.e., in the packing of the cilia, the position of the axis of the ciliary cross-section, and the diameter of the ring of peripheral filaments. Analysis of these parameters may lead to new correlations between ciliary fine structure and function.

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.

Statistics

Seen <100 times
0 Comments

More articles like this

STUDIES ON CILIA. THE FIXATION OF THE METACHRONAL...

on The Journal of Cell Biology August 1963

The metachronal wave of lateral cilia of Mytilus e...

on The Journal of Cell Biology September 1972

Metachronal wave formation in a model of pulmonary...

on Computers & Structures Jan 01, 2007

Emergence of metachronal waves in cilia arrays.

on Proceedings of the National Ac... Mar 19, 2013
More articles like this..