A kinetosome, in biology
, is the proper name for the basal
bodies found specifically in ciliates
. The axoneme
arises from the kinetosome. A kinetosome is NOT the same as a kinetoplast. The kinetoplast stains darkly and is disc-like in shape. The kinetoplast and kinetosome are close to one another, but the kinetosome is made of several microtubules
which form a circular arrangement around two central microtubules. This arrangement forms a tube-like structure that is the flagellum-the kinetosome is the beginning of the flagellum
One of the organisms on which this is most noticible is Giardia.
- Foundations of Parasitology by Lary S. Roberts & John Janovy Jr. Chapter 4