Spirochete Attachment Ultrastructure: Implications for the Origin and Evolution of Cilia

  title={Spirochete Attachment Ultrastructure: Implications for the Origin and Evolution of Cilia},
  author={Andrew M. Wier and L. Sacchi and M. Dolan and C. Bandi and J. Macallister and L. Margulis},
  journal={The Biological Bulletin},
  pages={25 - 35}
  • Andrew M. Wier, L. Sacchi, +3 authors L. Margulis
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The Biological Bulletin
  • The fine structure of spirochete attachments to the plasma membrane of anaerobic protists displays variations here interpreted as legacies of an evolutionary sequence analogous to that from free-living spirochetes to undulipodia (eukaryotic “flagella” and homologous structures). Attached spirochetes form a vestment, a wriggling fringe of motile cells at the edge of the plasma membrane of unidentified cellulolytic protist cells in the hypertrophied hindgut of the digestive system of Mastotermes… CONTINUE READING
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