Ciliary activity in the mouse oviduct as studied by transmission and scanning electron microscopy

Ellen Roter Dirksen, Peter Satir

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The mouse oviduct is covered by dense tracts of ciliated cells interspersed at random with occasional non-ciliated cells. Correlation between scanning electron microscopy and thin section images indicates that in the isolated fimbria most cilia are short (5 µm) and inactive, resting at the end of a uterad-directed effective stroke. These cilia terminate in a 9S−2 tip, the microtubules ending in an electron-dense plaque underneath the cell membrane. At the tip of the cilium a crown of fine extracellular hairs is attached to the ciliary membrane. In the ampulla and isthmus the ciliated cells decrease progressively in number and appear to lie in crypts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-403
Number of pages15
JournalTissue and Cell
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1972


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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