Michèle Quillec

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This study deals with the ultrastructure of the chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans of the Kurloff body, a large lysosome organelle, metachromatic towards Toluidine Blue, of a blood cell unique to the guinea pig and called the Kurloff cell. Splenic Kurloff cell from oestrogen-treated guinea pig cells were examined after staining with Cuprolinic Blue, a(More)
The ultrastructure of sulphate proteoglycans in basophil granules was examined using cytochemical procedures designed to stabilize and visualize these highly anionic macromolecules in situ. Unfixed or glutaraldehyde-prefixed guinea-pig spleen cells were submitted to fixation/staining in 2.5% glutaraldehyde, 0.2% cuprolinic blue (CB; a cationic phthalocyanin(More)
To document the ultrastructural distribution of lens capsule proteoglycans, rabbit lens capsules were fixed and stained overnight in 50 mM sodium acetate, pH 5.6, containing 2.5% glutaraldehyde, 0.2% Cuprolinic Blue and 0.2 M MgCl2. They were rinsed, stained with 1% aqueous sodium tungstate, embedded in Epon, sectioned (60 nm), and examined with an electron(More)
In order to study their natural killer effect, guinea pig splenic Kurloff cells were fractionated by Percoll discontinuous density gradient centrifugation. Kurloff cells were collected and tested for cytotoxicity in a 24-hr chromium-release test. Comparison of different splenic cellular samples (of males or estrogenized females) with increasing percentage(More)
Large populations of splenic Kurloff (150 - 200 X 10(6) Kurloff cells) were obtained from estrogenized guinea pigs by isopycnic centrifugation in a Percoll solution of 1.085 g/ml starting density. The Kurloff cells settled at a buoyant density of about 1.100 g/ml. The purity of these cell suspensions reached 95%, as assessed by phase contrast microscopy and(More)
Kurloff cells belong to the group of macrophages as far as ultrastructure, adhesiveness and identification with Kupffer cells (in the case of the liver) are concerned. A characteristic group of features makes it easy to recognize them: PAS reaction, cyanol-blue staining, presence of myelin figures in electron microscopy and attachment to glass-slides.(More)
In the course of an ultrastructural cytochemical study of intracellular sulphated proteoglycans involving the addition of cetylpyridinium chloride in the primary aldehyde fixative, a remarkable ultrastructural preservation of the collagenassociated sulphated proteoglycans was observed. Together with the preservation of their localization among the collagen(More)
This study deals with the ultrastructure of the chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans of the Kurloff body, a large lysosomal organelle that stains metachromatically with Toluidine Blue and which is present in Kurloff cells (a blood cell unique to the guinea pig). Splenic tissues were fixed with 1% cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) added to 4% paraformaldehyde and(More)
Very high pressure freezing and cryosubstitution of Kurloff cells preserves the ultrastructural morphology of Kurloff bodies, particularly the myelin figures, as shown by embedding in epoxy resin and conventional postembedding staining. It also preserves the Kurloff body proteoglycans as more expanded spindle-like shapes than does fixation with formaldehyde(More)
The comparative study between plasma estradiol levels and KURLOFF cell numbers in the blood and some organs of adult, non pregnant female guinea-pigs, leads us to describe a biphasic response of the KURLOFF cells to estrogen stimulation. The first step, a five day lag-phase, is followed by a secondary increase of KURLOFF cell numbers with a peculiarly(More)