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Cell Tissue Res. 1982;226(3):629-39.

Rhabdom size and photoreceptor membrane turnover in a muscoid fly.


The cross-sectional area of rhabdomeres in the compound eye of the blowfly, Lucilia, was found to remain constant under 12 h light/12 h dark cyclic lighting, and 10 days constant light or darkness. It was reduced only slightly during 3 h light after 10 days darkness (by 21%), or on exposure to 2 h darkness + 1.5 h light after 10 days light (by 10%). Morphological evidence indicates that shedding of photoreceptor membrane during turnover is achieved by an extracellular route, and by pinocytosis from the bases of the microvilli. The photoreceptor membrane shed by both mechanisms appears to accumulate in multivesicular bodies. The amount of photoreceptor membrane shedding, as indicated by numbers of multivesicular bodies, is constant throughout the day and night on cyclic lighting, decreases in constant darkness, but returns to its normal level after an exposure to 3 h light subsequent to 10 days darkness.

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