David C. Pfeiffer

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In this paper, we review the structure and function of a unique type of actin-related intercellular adhesion junctions in the testis. Based on their ultrastructure, the junctions are divided into five distinct domains. The currently identified molecular components of each domain are summarized. In addition, the architecture of the mammalian system is(More)
The localization of proton pumps (H+-ATPase) in gill epithelia of rainbow trout [Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum)] was elucidated by immunofluorescence microscopy, using rabbit polyclonal antibodies against the 70 kDa subunit of H+-ATPase purified from clathrin-coated vesicles of bovine brain. In the gill epithelia of freshwater trout, the immunostaining was(More)
We have investigated, using indirect immunofluorescence techniques, the possibility that vinculin is a component of Sertoli cell ectoplasmic specializations. Affinity-purified polyclonal antibodies produced against human platelet vinculin were used to probe fixed frozen sections of rat testis. Specific fluorescence occurs in Sertoli cell regions adjacent to(More)
Beach-stranded Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (n=68) were categorized as either "acutely stressed" (if they died from net entanglement, boat strike, or acute infection; 31 animals) or "chronically stressed" (if they suffered from or died as a result of long-term disease or debilitating injury; 37 animals). No significant differences in mass between the right(More)
The germinal epithelium of male vertebrates consists of Sertoli cells and spermatogenic cells. Intercellular junctions formed by Sertoli cells assume critical roles in the normal functions of this epithelium. While Sertoli cell junctions have been well characterized in mammals, similar junctions in nonmammalian vertebrates have received little attention. We(More)
Ectoplasmic specializations of Sertoli cells are actin containing structures found at sites of attachment to spermatids and to neighboring Sertoli cells. We suspect that these cytoskeletal structures are a form of actin-associated adhesion junction. If this is true, then molecular components, such as vinculin, that characterize actin-associated adhesion(More)
The morphology and histology of the cetacean adrenal gland are poorly understood. Therefore, this study examined 32 pairs of adrenal glands from 18 pan-tropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata) and 14 spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris). In both species, the cortex was pseudolobulated and contained a typical mammalian zonation. Medullary(More)
Duodenal ulcers were induced acutely in female rats by a single oral administration of cysteamine, 70 mg/100 gm, in order to study morphologic progression of lesion development from the perspective of cellular surface changes by scanning electron microscopy. Thick sections of resin-embedded specimens were also studied by light microscopy, and animals were(More)
Microtubules are abundant in Sertoli cells and are predominantly arranged parallel to the long axis of the cell. In addition, the centrioles occur in a perinuclear position in the basal one third of the cell. In this study we investigate the importance of the perinuclear centriole-containing centrosome as a microtubule organizing center (MTOC) in Sertoli(More)