Localization of gamma-tubulin to the basal foot associated with the basal body extending a cilium

Histochem J. 2000 Nov;32(11):669-71. doi: 10.1023/a:1004163315822.


The human oviduct epithelium primarily consists of ciliated cells and secretory cells. Solitary cilia usually extend from the apical surface of the secretory cells. We investigated the localization of gamma-tubulin in the ciliary basal apparatus of both cell types by fluorescence immunohistochemistry and immunoelectron microscopy. In addition to basal bodies, gamma-tubulin was identified in the lateral basal foot, especially the basal foot cap. This observation is consistent with previous observations that microtubules radiate from the basal foot and the basal foot serves as the microtubule organizing centre.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cilia / metabolism*
  • Fallopian Tubes / cytology*
  • Fallopian Tubes / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Microtubules / metabolism
  • Tubulin / metabolism*


  • Tubulin