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Structural changes observed in choroid plexuses from rats dissected aboard a space shuttle, on day 13 of an orbital flight (NASA STS-58 mission, SLS-2 Experiments) demonstrated that choroidal epithelial cells display a modified organization in a microgravitational environment. Results were compared with ultrastructural observations of choroid plexus from(More)
Pleurodeles waltl (amphibian, Urodele) is an appropriate biological model for space experiments on a vertebrate. One reason for interest in this animal concerns the study of the effects of absence of gravity on embryonic development. First, after mating (on Earth) the females retain live, functional sperm in their cloacum for up to 5 months, allowing normal(More)
To determine when choroidal structures were restored after readaptation to Earth gravity or orthostatic position, fine structure and protein distribution were studied in rat choroid plexus dissected either 6 h [Space Life Sciences-2 (SLS-2) experiments] or 2 days [National Institutes of Health-Rodent 1 (NIH-R1) experiments] after a spaceflight, or 6 h after(More)
Cellular distributions of ezrin, a cytoskeletal protein involved in apical cell differentiation in choroid plexus, and carbonic anhydrase II, which is partly involved in the cerebrospinal fluid production, were studied by immunocytochemistry, at the level of choroidal epithelial cells from the lateral, third and fourth ventricles in normal or experimental(More)
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