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Thin sections of rabbit granulosa, human SW-13 adrenal cortical adenocarcinoma, and mouse B-16 melanoma cells revealed an apparent single-layered basket of 4- to 7-nm filaments surrounding cytoplasmic gap junction vesicles. This interpretation was based upon apparent longitudinal, cross, and en face sections of structures surrounding the vesicle profiles in(More)
An ultrastructural study of mouse and rat embryo implantation sites was undertaken to determine whether the uterine luminal epithelial cells surrounding the blastocyst exhibited the morphologic characteristics of apoptotic or necrotic cell death. In both species the epithelial cells exhibited all of the characteristics of apoptosis, including surface(More)
The rat primary decidual zone (PDZ) is a transitory, avascular region of transformed fibroblasts surrounding the implanting embryo. Tracer studies have indicated that the PDZ is selectively permeable to macromolecules, permeability decreasing with increasing molecular weight of the tracer. To clarify the morphological basis of the permeability barrier, we(More)
Early diplotene oocytes from Necturus maculosus ranging from ∼ 0.2 to 0.5 mm in diameter were examined by electron microscopy. In the smallest oocytes of this range, the cytoplasm is largely devoid of membranes, but contains primarily ribosomes and mitochondria. In slightly larger oocytes, smooth-surfaced cytomembranes first appear in the perinuclear(More)
Thin sections of rabbit granulosa, human SW-13 adrenal cortical adenocarcinoma, and mouse B-16 melanoma cells revealed an apparent single-layered basket of 4-to 7-nm filaments surrounding cytoplasmic gap junction vesicles. This interpretation was based upon apparent longitudinal, cross, and en face sections of structures surrounding the vesicle profiles in(More)
Obstruction is a complication of many esophageal diseases, but the morphological changes occurring in the obstructed esophagus are poorly understood. We developed a model of esophageal obstruction in the American opossum, Didelphis virginiana. A nonconstricting band around the gastroesophageal junction led to esophageal distention and tortuosity in the(More)
The rat primary decidual zone (PDZ) is a transitory avascular region of transformed fibroblasts surrounding the implanting embryo. Studies using fluorescein-labeled tracers have shown that the PDZ is selectively permeable to macromolecules, permeability decreasing with increasing molecular weight. In the present study we investigated the morphologic basis(More)
The nature and distribution of intercellular junctions in the outer ovarian epithelium (serosa, mesothelium), endothelium, and follicle cells of the teleost oocyte-follicle complex were investigated by freeze-fracture electron microscopy. Tight-junctions were common between outer squamous epithelial cells, sometimes closely associated with intercalated foci(More)
Granulosa cell gap junctions in the mammalian follicle are dynamic bimembranous structures which are assembled within apposed plasma membranes of adjacent cells. Once initially formed, these specialized intercellular junctions grow through the insertion of additional elements into the interacting membranes or through the aggregation of smaller patches into(More)
Membranes of teleost female gametes and investing layer of follicle cells characteristically exhibit a prolonged, close spatial relationship. This relationship is manifested, in part, by numerous folds of the plasma membrane of both oocyte and follicle cells that extend through channels called pore canals within a thick, laminated extracellular coat, the(More)