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Three dimensional visualization of the Golgi apparatus and endoplasmic reticulum in the subcommissural organ cells with high voltage electron microscopy.

Fine structure and stereo-images of the Golgi apparatus and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in the subcommissural organ (SCO) cells were visualized by the application of zinc-iodide osmium tetroxide (ZIO) impregnation, conventional electron microscopy and high voltage electron microscopy (HVEM). The Golgi apparatus in the SCO cells of rats, gerbils and hamsters consisted of flattened saccules stacked in parallel array. It showed a selective staining toward ZIO mixture and might form a complex network of tubular structures because of the presence of numerous fenestrations in the flattened Golgi saccules. The cytoplasm of the SCO cells in the rat and gerbil was crowded by dilated cisternae of the ER with a few flattened profiles. In the hamster SCO cells, however, the dilated cisternae of the ER were not observed. Flattened cisternae of ER in all species studied showed a positivity for ZIO impregnation and formed a complex tubular network, whereas dilated cisternae of the ER in the rats and gerbils did not show any reactivity. It was thus determined that the observation of thin and thick sections selectively stained with appropriate reagent for defined cellular organelles under conventional electron microscopy and HVEM offered valuable information about three-dimensional organization of the cell. A definite species-specific variation of SCO ultrastructure and cytochemistry was also demonstrated.[1]


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