Ciliary Transport

Collection 000038: Cilia transporting material in mucus. These small beating hairlike protusions on specialised cells drive fluid or mucus in many parts of the body. Two of these areas where they play an important role are driving the ovum down the Fallopian tubes and in the airways where, working in conjunction with mucus producing Goblet cells, cilia drive the mucus up out of the airways towards the mouth. The mucus traps particles of dirt and bacteria to keep the fine airways and oxygen exchange surfaces clear. This is demonstrated by these cross section images filmed under Interference Contrast Microscopy.


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