Wilfried Allaerts

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Historically, the study of folliculo-stellate (FS) cells of the anterior pituitary dates back to the onset of electron microscopical observation of the pituitary gland. The morphological and electrophysiological characteristics, topographical distribution and contribution to intercellular junctions of these FS cells have been instrumental to the(More)
Classical morphological studies of the folliculo-stellate (FS) cells of the anterior pituitary have suggested that these cells play roles as supporting cells, in metabolism and in macromolecular transport. Over the last 10 years the details of their activity in both trophic and catabolic processes has been clarified, and recent work has demonstrated several(More)
Immunolabeling of cryo-sections of human anterior pituitaries obtained at autopsy, and of cryo-sections of freshly prepared rat anterior pituitaries, with a panel of monoclonal antibodies against markers of the monocyte/dendritic cell/macrophage lineage, reveals in both species a characteristic pattern of immunopositive cells, among which many cells with(More)
Previous immunohistochemical staining procedures of the brain and pituitary in Xenopus laevis, using an antiserum against neuronal nitric oxide (NO) synthase (nNOS) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-diaphorase histochemistry, have revealed NOS activity in neurons and fibers in a number of brain areas, as well as in fibers in the pituitary. In(More)
The highly ordered neuronal projections from the retina to the tectum mesencephali (optic tectum) in several vertebrate groups have been intensively studied. Several hypotheses so far have been proposed, suggesting mechanisms to explain the topographical and biochemical specificity of the retinotectal projections during ontogeny. In the present paper we(More)
Dispersed anterior pituitary cells from adult female rats were separated by gradient sedimentation at unit gravity. The small-sized cell population on top of the gradient consisted of 65.6 +/- (SE) 4.2% (n = 8) cells immunoreactive to antiserum against S-100 protein, a marker of folliculo-stellate (FS) cells in rat pituitary. The corresponding fraction(More)
Blood monocytes are able to mature into macrophages as well as into dendritic cells. Dendritic cells and macrophages have mainly been studied for their function in the immune response, e.g. in the presentation of antigens to lymphocytes and in the phagocytosis/degradation of unwanted material. The cells are also, however, important producers of a variety of(More)
An enriched population of cells immunoreactive to antiserum against S-100 protein, a marker of folliculo-stellate (FS) cells in the rat pituitary, was obtained by separation of dispersed pituitary cells from adult female rats by gradient sedimentation at unit gravity. The effect of FS cells on the stimulation and inhibition of prolactin (PRL) and growth(More)
Semi-thin sections of three-dimensional reaggregates from adult female rat pituitary, cultured in serum-free defined medium, were stained for prolactin, gonadotropin, thyrotropin, growth hormone and S-100, using the double immunolabelling technique. The frequency of juxtaposition between lactotrophs and gonadotrophs was enumerated and compared with the(More)