Structural Basis of Ciliary Activity

  • P. Satir


The overt behavior of many single celled eukaryotic organisms, as well as most sperm cells and some multicellular organisms, is, in large measure, swimming behavior determined by the physiological parameters controlling a single cell organelle, the cilium.1 The eukaryotic cilium is considerably more complex than the prokaryotic flagellum, both biochemically and structurally, but the larger diameter of the cilium permits the single living organelle to be used in physiological experiments.


Basal Body Central Pair Ciliary Activity Ciliary Membrane Doublet Microtubule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Satir
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  1. 1.Department of Physiology-AnatomyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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