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BACKGROUND The adrenal chromaffin cells synthesize, store and secrete a complex mixture containing amines, structural proteins, enzymes, and neurohormonal polypeptides. Most of the studies dealing with the development of the avian sympathoadrenal system have been based on antibodies recognizing signal molecules like HNK-1, NC-1, and N-CAM. METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND Many studies have been published on the development of the human knee joint, but scant attention has been given to the development of the knee joint ligaments. The only elements that have received much attention are the cruciate ligaments and their relationships with the synovial membrane. METHODS We summarize our observations on the(More)
BACKGROUND Many studies have been published on the development of the human knee joint, but different investigators disagree on its morphogenetic time table. Most discrepancies center on the cavitation of the knee joint and the participation of the superior tibiofibular joint in the joint knee system. METHODS We summarize our observations of the(More)
Many studies have been published on the development of the human elbow joint, but authors disagree on its morphogenetic timetable. Most discrepancies center on the cavitation of the elbow joint (including the humeroradial, humeroulnar, and superior radioulnar joints), and the organization of the tunnel of the ulnar nerve. We summarize our observations on(More)
A correlation was sought between the organization of the dental crest and the ossification of the corpus mandibulae in 14 human embryos and 13 human fetuses. The different types of ossification between the corpus and the ramus mandibulae suggest that the cartilago mandibularis (meckeliensis) guides the formation of the mandibula, while the dental crest acts(More)
A great deal of research has been published on the development of the human temporomandibularjoint (TMJ). However, there is some discordance about its morphological timing. The most controversial aspects concern the moment of the initial organization of the condyle and the squamous part of the temporal bone, the articular disc and capsule and also the(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this work is to clarify the aspects which are at present most controversial about the development of the anterior segments of Meckel's cartilage, such as the role of and determination of the area that is incorporated in the development of the human mandible. METHODS Light microscope studies were done on 25 embryos and human fetuses(More)
The early development of the ultimobranchial body and its colonizing cells was studied in human embryos (O'Rahilly's stages 14 and 15). In our studies we have obtained evidence that permits us to propose a new hypothesis on the origin of both the ultimobranchial body and its colonizing cells. Based on our interpretation of the morphogenetic features in(More)
BACKGROUND Many studies have been published on the development of the human wrist joint, but scant attention has been given to the development of the wrist joint ligaments. Moreover, traditional description of wrist anatomy usually depict only the superficial capsular fibers of the wrist joint. The only ligamentous structure to receive much attention is the(More)
A correlation was sought between the organization of the parotid gland and the formation of the large vessels and nerves that passed through the glands of 12 human embryos and 12 human fetuses. There was no evidence that the gland became a bilobate structure as a result of the course of the facial nerve, whose interglandular branches were surrounded during(More)