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Isolation of Chlamydomonas flagella

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology



Document Type

Book Chapter

Medical Subject Headings

Chlamydomonas; Flagella


Cell and Developmental Biology | Cell Biology | Laboratory and Basic Science Research


A simple, scalable, and fast procedure for the isolation of Chlamydomonas flagella is described. Chlamydomonas can be synchronously deflagellated by treatment with chemicals, pH shock, or mechanical shear. The Basic Protocol describes the procedure for flagellar isolation using dibucaine to induce flagellar abscission; we also describe the pH shock method as an Alternate Protocol when flagellar regeneration is desirable. Sub-fractionation of the isolated flagella into axonemes and the membrane + matrix fraction is described in a Support Protocol.

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Citation: Craige, B., Brown, J. M. and Witman, G. B. 2013. Isolation of Chlamydomonas Flagella. Current Protocols in Cell Biology. 2013 Jun;Chapter 3:Unit 3.41.1-9. doi: 10.1002/0471143030.cb0341s59. Link to article on publisher's website

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