An axostyle is a sheet of microtubule
s found in certain protist
s. It arises from the bases of the flagella, sometimes projecting beyond the end of the cell, and is often flexible or contractile, and so may be involved in movement and provides support for the cell. Axostyles originate in association with a flagellar microtubular root and occur in two groups, the oxymonad
s and parabasalid
s; they have different structures and are not homologous
. Within Trichomonad
s the axostyle has been theorised to participate in locomotion and cell adhesion, but also karyokinesis during cell division.