Studies on the ultrastructure of the nucleus of Acetabularia by the freeze-etching technique

Zerban, H.; Wehner, M.; Werz, G.

Planta 114(3): 239-250

1973


ISSN/ISBN: 0032-0935
PMID: 24458758
DOI: 10.1007/bf00389039
Accession: 017181947

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Abstract
The ultrastructure of the "primary" nucleus of the marine green algae Acetabularia (Polyphysa) cliftonii as revealed by the freeze-etching technique is described.The nuclear envelope is perforated by about 3×10(6) pores which appear arranged nearly in rows. The nucleus is covered with a layer of cytoplasm which protects it in the isolated state and resists various manipulations. This cytoplasmic layer is protected by an elementary membrane. The latter appears rough on the cytoplasmic side, and smooth on the side facing the "cell sap". The cytoplasmic layer and the surrounding perinuclear cytoplasm are connected by cytoplasmic ducts. The nucleus appears irregularly shaped owing to many invaginations in the nuclear envelope. Sometimes mitochondria are observed in these cavities.

Studies on the ultrastructure of the nucleus of Acetabularia by the freeze-etching technique