Acetylcholinesterase activity in the adrenal chromaffin vesicles of Urodela.


The presence of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity in the adrenal chromaffin cells of Necturus maculosus and Ambystoma maculatum (Amphibia, Urodela) has been demonstrated by cytochemical method at the electron microscope level. The enzymatic activity is localized in RER and perinuclear cisternae, on the plasma membrane and within the chromaffin vesicles, both in adrenaline (A) and noradrenaline (N) cells. Moreover N cells appear to be more reactive than A cells and Necturus more reactive than Ambystoma. The possible function of the AChE activity inside the vesicles is discussed as a mechanism of protons donor or as peptidasic activity acting on various peptides present in the vesicle.

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@article{Mastrolia1989AcetylcholinesteraseAI, title={Acetylcholinesterase activity in the adrenal chromaffin vesicles of Urodela.}, author={Lucia Mastrolia and Valentina Patrizia Gallo and Annalena Civinini and H Manelli}, journal={Cellular and molecular biology}, year={1989}, volume={35 3}, pages={247-53} }