Fine structure of Merkel cells in lampreys

  title={Fine structure of Merkel cells in lampreys},
  author={Dr. Mary Whitear and E. Birgitte Lane},
  journal={Cell and Tissue Research},
The structure of Merkel cells occurring in the epidermis of adult and larval stages of Lampetra spp. is described; it is comparable to that reported from the gnathostome classes. The cells bear microvilli, grouped on the distal and proximal aspects, and are associated with sparsely branching and varicose nerve fibres. One branch of the neurite bears a spur-like process which indents the proximal side of the Merkel cell. Most of the specific Merkel granules are situated in the vicinity of this… CONTINUE READING