Daniela Vagnetti

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We report the enigmatic parasite Dermocystidium ranae in a green frog population (Solomeo, Umbria, Italy) of the Rana esculenta complex, consisting of the parental species R. lessonae (L) and hybrid form R. esculenta (E). In this population a rapid 50% decline of the parental form L was observed. Large dermal U-shaped cysts of D. ranae were found primarily(More)
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)
Particulate guanylate cyclase (GTP pyrophosphate-lyase (cyclizing] has been cytochemically evidentiated in the cells which make-up the lung air-blood barrier. The cytochemical procedure utilized demonstrates the presence of membrane-bound guanylate cyclase activity through precipitation of lead pyrophosphate in tissues incubated with GTP or with guanylyl(More)
The epidermal cells that migrate over the surface during the wound closure stage of head regeneration in Dugesia lugubris s.l. were examined by scanning electron microscopy. The effect of cytochalasin B on epidermal cell migration was also examined. During the first few hours after decapitation epidermal cells at the edges of the wound showed significant(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)
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 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)
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)
In this study the ultrastructure of Rana esculenta skin is described. Cytochemical methods were used to localize guanylate cyclase in the presence of atrial natriuretic peptide and immunocytochemical methods showed the presence of the atrial natriuretic peptide in various levels of skin. The peptide is mainly found in the epithelium and in the lymph sacs of(More)