Fragmented sarcoplasmic reticulum (FSR) from crustacean muscle was examined following preparation by a variety of electron microscopic techniques. The 30–40 A particles which appeared on the outer surface of FSR vesicles following negative staining were not observed following preparation by freeze-drying, freeze-etching, thin sectioning, or critical-point drying. Crustacean FSR exhibited high values of calcium uptake and extensive nodular formation in the presence of oxalate. 80–90 A diameter membrane particles were seen in freeze-etch preparations of both intact lobster muscle and FSR vesicles. Thin sections of FSR vesicles revealed a membrane thickness of 60–70 A. The membrane appeared to be triple layered, each layer having a thickness of 20–25 A.

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