BioMed Research International / 2012 / Article / Fig 3

Research Article

Flagellar Motility of Trypanosoma cruzi Epimastigotes

Figure 3

Illustration of the ciliary beat of T. cruzi. The forward parasite motility resulting from tip-to-base flagellar wave propagation (panels a–d) was interrupted by a sudden pause in which almost no movement of the parasite was observed (Ø). A base-to-tip wave propagation was observed before the parasite reinitiated the tip-to-base flagellar beat that resulted in a very little translational motion and clearly reoriented the parasite re-orientation and restarted the forward motion of the cell (panels f–i). These images correspond to those from an epimastigote obtained from the light blue region of Figure 1.

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