, Volume 33, Issue 10, pp 1372–1374

The relationship between basal bodies and the motility ofPolytoma papillatum flagella

  • K. P. Gaffal
Anatomica, Histologica, Embryologica, Carcinologica

DOI: 10.1007/BF01920188

Cite this article as:
Gaffal, K.P. Experientia (1977) 33: 1372. doi:10.1007/BF01920188


The maternal flagellar apparatus of dividing Polytoma papillatum cells lose their basal bodies but retain their motility. It is concluded from this fact that basal bodies are neither essential for the structural maintenance of flagella nor for their motility.

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. P. Gaffal
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Botanik und Pharmazeutische BiologieErlangen(Federal Republic of Germany, BRD)

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