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Parasitol Today. 1996 Aug;12(8):302-7.

The paraflagellar rod of kinetoplastida: solved and unsolved questions.

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University of Manchester, School of Biological Sciences, 2.205 Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK.


The flagellum of almost every member of the Kinetoplastida contains, next to its canonical 'nine-plus-two' axoneme, structure, a unique, complex and highly organized lattice-like structure called the paraflagellar rod or paraxial rod. Here, Philippe Bastin, Keith Matthews and Keith Gull summarize the latest findings on its structure, the nature of its protein components and their corresponding genes. They also consider the possible functions of this intriguing organelle.

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