Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 148, Issue 2, pp 159–161 | Cite as

ATPase activity of the polar organelle demonstrated by cytochemical reaction in whole unstained cells of Rhodopseudomonas palustris

  • H. -D. Tauschel
Original Papers


The polar organelle, a structure associated with the flaggelar apparatus of bacteria, has been demonstrated in whole unstained cells of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris. It is subpolarly located close to the surface of the bacterial cell and has a round or ellipsoidal shap. It shows a strong ATPase activity which enables its cytochemical electron microscopical visualization.

Key words

Rhodopseudomonas palustris Polar organelle Flagellar apparatus ATPase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. -D. Tauschel
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  1. 1.Institut für Biologie II (Mikrobiologie)Universität Freiburg i. Br.Freiburg i. Br.Federal Republic of Germany

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