D Vagnetti

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The ultrastructure of the myoneural junctions in the body wall muscles has been studied in Branchiobdella pentodonta Whit. A single junctional type has been found. Within the terminal axon there are two types of vesicles, which differ in number, size and electron opacity. The junctional gap contains the basement membrane. The post-junctional membrane(More)
The fully developed oral disc of the tadpole of Bufo bufo consists of dorsal and ventral labia bearing, respectively, two and three ridges bearing numerous horny denticles, a horny beak provided with jaw sheath serrations, and large lateral papillae that are borne by two cutaneous plicae. As development progresses toward metamorphosis, these structures(More)
This study shows that in the choroid plexus of Rana esculenta particulate guanylate cyclase (GC) is appreciably stimulated by porcine brain natriuretic peptide (BNP). Ultracytochemical tests for GC show that BNP notably increases the enzymatic reaction product along the apical surfaces of the epithelial cells. It can therefore be hypothesized that the(More)
1. During the first stages of embryonic development of Bufo bufo, the levels of cAMP and cGMP showed interesting opposite trends analogous to the trends of their respective enzymes. 2. In the late segmentation, the high increase of guanylate cyclase specific activity and the corresponding rise of embryonic level of cGMP, could indicate the involvement of(More)
Morphogenesis of the frontal organ in Bufo bufo was examined under transmission electron microscope. Many remarkable similarities to the frontal organ of other Amphibia Anura are observed. It originates from a diverticulum in the dorsal region of the neural tube. It is egg-shaped, has an eccentric lumen, and is made up of three kinds of cells: 1)(More)
The muscular system in the posterior sucker of Branchiobdella pentodonta Whit. has circular, longitudinal and radial fibers. In the anterior sucker, which has circular and longitudinal fibers, the muscle system is scarce. Concentric fibers are found around the mouth. In both suckers the glandular element form voluminous complexes secreting mucus for(More)
The ventral nerve cord of Branchiobdella pentodonta consists of paired ganglia containing three different types of neurons, a central neuropil showing characteristic synapses and of an intersegmental apparatus made up of two large lateral connectives and a smaller ventral one. Some remarkable differences exist between the ventral nerve cord and that found(More)
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