Studies of the rhizoplast from Naegleria gruberi

P R Gardiner, R H Miller, M C Marsh
1981 Journal of Cell Science  
A procedure utilizing homogenization and centrifugation in a low ionic strength buffer containing Triton X-100, has been used to facilitate the isolation of the rhizoplast from flagellates of Naegleria gruberi. This has enabled a study to be made of the physical and biochemical properties of this organelle. The rhizoplast is shown to be a proteinaceous structure with chemical properties similar to those of the molluscan gill ciliary rootlet. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis gives a possible
more » ... gives a possible subunit molecular weight of approximately 240 000 Daltons. Studies with antisera raised against the rhizoplast fraction demonstrated the absence of rhizoplast antigens in amoeboid forms of Naegleria gruberi and is taken as evidence that the organelle is synthesized de novo during transformation of the amoeba to the flagellate form. Results of optical diffraction studies on isolated rhizoplasts are also presented.
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