Cilium and flagellum structure, artwork

Cilium and flagellum structure, artwork

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Credit: FRANCIS LEROY, BIOCOSMOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cilium and flagellum structure, artwork. Cilia and flagella (collectively known as undulipodia) are hair-like protrusions from a cell membrane. They have the same structure, but cilia are generally shorter and more numerous. The core, or axoneme, contains 20 microtubules (white and yellow circles), arranged as a central pair surrounded by nine other pairs, or doublets. Attached to each outer doublet are two dynein arms (blue). Dynein is a motor protein that converts chemical energy into a sliding movement that causes the undulipodium to beat.

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Keywords: 9+2, artwork, axoneme, biological, biology, black background, cell biology, cilia, cilium, cytology, cytoskeletal, cytoskeleton, doublet, doublets, dyenin arms, eukaryote, eukaryotic, flagella, flagellum, illustration, microtubule, microtubules, nine plus two, organelle, structure, undulipodia, undulipodium

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