Pigmentation of the stria vascularis. The contribution of neural crest melanocytes.

@article{Hilding1977PigmentationOT,
  title={Pigmentation of the stria vascularis. The contribution of neural crest melanocytes.},
  author={Daniel Hilding and Rosemary D. Ginzberg},
  journal={Acta oto-laryngologica},
  year={1977},
  volume={84 1-2},
  pages={24-37}
}
Because all stages of melanogenesis (premelanosome, melanosome and melanin granules) were found in intermediate cells of the rat stria vascularis, they can be classified as melanocytes. The marginal and basal cells of these rat specimens contained no pigment. Early in development, the melanocytes or future intermediate cells are located beneath the strial basal lamina. They penetrate this lamina to insert themselves between marginal cells. Both the melanocytes and marginal cells are believed to… CONTINUE READING