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Microtubule bundles in a rumen ciliate

Dr David Furness

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Transmission electron micrograph showing the arrangement of microtubules in rumen ciliate. Ciliate are unicellular eukaryotes (cells that contain a membrane bound nucleus) that are found in the rumen - the foregut - of cattle. microtubles are structures found within cells that are responsible for cell structure (they make up the cytoskeleton) and are also involved in cellular transport. They are made up of tublin protein subunits arranged in a circular formation (shown in this cross section) that give the microtubules thier linear columnar shape.

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