J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1996, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (6): -.

• Research Articles •    

Ultrastructure of Blepharoplast and Other Organelles of the Spermatid in Ginkgo biloba

Teng Jun-lin and Zhai Zhong-he   

Abstract: Both blepbaroplast and osmiophilic globule were characteristic structures to the spermatid of Ginkgo biloba. The blepharoplast of Ginkgo biloba ranged from 3 ~ 4 μm in diameter and consisted of a number of basal centrioles radiating from an electron dense core that contained electron-lucent areas with microtubule structure. Microtubules extended radially from the blepharoplast into the cytoplasm. A large round osmiopbilie globule with a diameter of about 10~20/μm, was located between the blepharoplast and the nucleus, while a filbrillogranular body in the cytoplasm was opposite to the osmiophilic globule. There were numerous mitochondria, plastids, endoplasmic reticulia and dictiosomes in the cytoplasm, particularly around the blepharoplast and the osmiophilic globule of sperm cells. The nucleus of spermatid in Ginkgo biloba was large and roundly elliptical in shape. The large spheroidal nucleolus was the most obvious structure in the nucleus, There were two regions in the nucleolus distinguished by TEM: A ring-shaped granular component, which contained maturing ribosomal precursor particles; and a centrally placed fibrillar component. The nuclear pore complexes in the nuclear envelope were plentiful but not evenly distributed.

Key words: Ginkgo biloba, Spermatid, Blepharoplast: Osmiophilic globule

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