Development of different mast cell types in the opossum Didelphis albiventris

@article{Santos2003DevelopmentOD,
  title={Development of different mast cell types in the opossum Didelphis albiventris},
  author={Ana Alice Diniz Dos Santos and H{\'e}lio Chiarini-Garcia and Karine R. Oliveira and Conceiç{\~a}o Ribeiro da Silva Machado},
  journal={Anatomy and Embryology},
  year={2003},
  volume={206},
  pages={239-245}
}
Previous studies have disclosed three types of mast cell in opossums: connective tissue (CTMC), mucosal (MMC), and lymphatic sinus (LSMC). In contrast to most opossum lymph nodes, the mesenteric lymph node is virtually devoid of LSMC, displaying medullary cord CTMC. The present study aimed to describe the development of these mast cell populations. Toluidine blue staining and a histochemical method for demonstrating heparin allowed the identification of immature and mature mast cells. Immature… CONTINUE READING