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In addition to plates the plasma membrane contains IMPs on its P-fracture face in ring or parenthesis shape at sites of trichocyst secretion. A ring actually consists of two circles of IMPs and signifies that a trichocyst is docked underneath while a parenthesis means the site has no docked trichocyst. The fracture also exposed some of the E-face of the outer alveolar membrane which is relatively free of IMPs. TEM taken on 6/4/90 by R. Allen with Zeiss 10A operating at 80kV. Neg. 19,800X. Bar = 0.25µm. There is a high resolution version of this image in the library (CIL:39318) which is available for quantitative analysis. Additional information available at (

Biological Sources
NCBI Organism Classification
Paramecium multimicronucleatum
Cell Type
cell by organism
eukaryotic cell
Eukaryotic Protist
Ciliated Protist
Cellular Component
plasma membrane
trichocyst docking sites
Biological Context
Biological Process
plasma membrane organization
Richard Allen (University of Hawaii)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Archival Resource Key (ARK)
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Image Type
transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
illumination by electrons
Image Mode
electron density
Parameters Imaged
elastic scattering of electrons
electron density
Source of Contrast
differences in deposition of metal shadow
Visualization Methods
transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Processing History
shadowing and plating
recorded image
Print of negative scanned for Photoshop
Data Qualifiers
processed data
Spatial Axis Image Size Pixel Size
X 2410px ——
Y 3000px ——