OBO ID: GO:0044099
Term Name: polar tube Search Ontology:
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Definition: A highly specialized structure unique to microsporidia that is required for host cell invasion. In the spore, the polar tube is connected at the anterior end, and then coils around the sporoplasm. Upon appropriate environmental stimulation, the polar tube rapidly discharges out of the spore, pierces a cell membrane and serves as a conduit for sporoplasm passage into the new host cell. (2)
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Ontology: GO: Cellular Component   QuickGO   AmiGO
EXPRESSION No data available
PHENOTYPE No data available