Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary An electron microscopic study aimed at differentiation between “castration gonadotrophs” and “posthepatectomy STH cells” was performed on the pars distalis of the pituitary of castrated male mice, after partial hepatectomy. The ultrastructural features observed permit the distinction of both cell types. In the present experiments some remarkable ultrastructural changes, other than those described in a previous report, have been found in STH cells of hepatectomized mice with or without previous castration. Most of them contained masses of heterogeneous electron density, suggesting fusion of granules. These masses and some secretion granules were observed close to the plasma membrane, apparently in the process of discharging material into the pericapillary space. Granular extrusion was more frequent than normally. An increased number of lysosomes, probably related to the digestion of overproduced secretion material, was evident. The appearance of concentric lamellar formations might be related to an increase in cell movements. STH cells with severe cytoplasmic damage were also found, indicating an increased rate of cell loss.
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