Keith R. Porter

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This paper reports an electron microscope examination of the cortices of some plant cells engaged in wall formation. Previous studies of similar material fixed in OSO(4) alone have disclosed discontinuities in the plasma membrane and other evidence of inadequate fixation. After glutaraldehyde, used as a fixative in this present study, the general(More)
Mammalian fast and slow twitch skeletal muscles are compared by freeze-fracture, thick and thin sectioning, and histochemical techniques using conventional and high voltage electron microscopy. Despite gross morphological differences in endplate structure visualized at relatively low magnifications in this sections, rat extensor digitorum longus (EDL) (fast(More)
Cell division in log-phase cultures of the unicellular, biflagellate alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardi, has been studied with the electron microscope. The two basal bodies of the cell replicate prior to cytokinesis; stages in basal body formation are presented. At the time of cell division, the original basal bodies detach from the flagella, and the four basal(More)
Yolk proteins are thought to enter certain eggs by a process akin to micropinocytosis but the detailed mechanism has not been previously depicted. In this study the formation of protein yolk was investigated in the mosquito Aedes aegypti L. Ovaries were fixed in phosphate-buffered osmium tetroxide, for electron microscopy, before and at intervals after a(More)
Treatment of epithelial African green monkey kidney (BSC-1) cells with the potent tumor promoter 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) induces a rapid and reversible redistribution of actin and vinculin that is detectable after only 2 min of treatment. Within 20-40 min, stress fibers disappear, while at the same time large actin-containing ribbons(More)
De Duve and his colleagues, a few years ago, originated the concept of lysosomes based on the biochemical analysis of isolated cytoplasmic particles (1). He reported that a number of hydrolytic enzymes are concentrated in a fraction consisting of small subcellular units which sediments between the usual mitochondrial and microsomal fractions. Subsequent to(More)
This report provides information on the morphology of fat absorption in rat intestinal epithelial cells. Three types of experiments were performed: (a) intubation of corn oil into fasted rats, (b) injection of physiological fatty-chyme prepared from fat-fed donor rats into ligated segments of jejunum of fasted animals, and (c) administration of(More)
Treatment of epithelial BSC-1 cells with low concentrations of the detergent Brij 58 results in partial or complete removal of the plasmalemma and partial extraction of internal membrane-bound organelles without causing massive release of "cytosolic" proteins from the cytoplasmic ground substance. Stereoscopic high-voltage electron microscopy of such(More)
This paper reports on the fine structure of rat oocytes at stages before ovulation, during maturation, fertilization, and early cleavage. The study includes parallel observations on light and electron microscope preparations with attempted correlations. The follicular cells of the ovarian egg are described as sending long processes through the zona(More)