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Figure 326 from Chapter 13 (Cilia and Flagella) of 'The Cell' by Don W. Fawcett M.D. Cells of sense organs detecting vibration are provided with stiff surface projections, the size of cilia but lacking their internal structure. The accompanying low-power scanning micrograph presents a surface view of the organ of Corti in the third turn of the guinea-pig cochlea. Three rows of outer hair cells are shown, each bearing a V-shaped array of sensory hairs. The inset shows at high magnification the hairs on two cells from the first row in the second turn of the organ of Corti. Their relative size can be judged by comparison with the microvilli on neighboring cells. These specializations do not arise from centrioles and never contain microtubules. Therefore, they cannot be regarded as modified cilia, but appear to be a unique specialization for mechanoelectrical transduction. A copy of the chapter is available on the ASCB's BioEDUCATE website.

Biological Sources
NCBI Organism Classification
Cavia porcellus
Cell Type
epithelial cell
Cellular Component
stereocilium bundle
Don W. Fawcett
Kogaku Saito
Kiyoshi Hama
ISBN 0721635849
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Image Type
scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
illumination by electrons
Image Mode
secondary_electron imaging
Parameters Imaged
secondary electron generation
secondary_electron imaging
Source of Contrast
coherent illumination
secondary electron generation
Visualization Methods
shadowing and plating
Processing History
recorded image
Print from negative scanned for Photoshop.
Data Qualifiers
processed data
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Y 1272px ——