Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The region of the reticular giganto-cellular nucleus, perfused with formalin and postfixed in osmium tetroxide, was studied with histochemical and electron microscopic techniques. The perikarya of the neurons have two zones. The peripheral cytoplasm contains Nissl bodies, mitochondria, and free RNP particles. The juxtanuclear cytoplasm contains the Golgi complex, mitochondria, RNP particles and dense bodies. The nucleus is indented and has a prominent nucleolus and a paranucleolar body. Dense bodies are found along the axon and dendrites as well. Three different types of synapses are described and two types of synaptic vesicles (spherical and ellipsoidal) are shown. The capillary endothelium shows microvilli and marginal flaps. The endothelial cytoplasm contains vacuoles, micropinocytotic vesicles, and a few dense bodies. Processes of pericapillary cells, surrounded by a basement membrane, also contain dense bodies. The dense bodies found in the neurons and endothelial cells show acid phosphatase activity. On the basis of their morphology and their enzymatic activity these bodies are identified as lysosomes.
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