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The surface fine structure of the bovine subcommissural organ

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The bovine subcommissural organ was studied by using scanning electron microscopy. The most prominent finding was the existence of protruded and dilated endings of the ependymal cells. The majority of these cells were ciliated with two or more cilia; only a few unciliated cells were seen. Some pore-like structures were also seen on the surface.

From the functional point of view, the most interesting finding was an amorphous heterogeneous material on the subcommissural ependyma. Especially in the caudal part of the organ this material accumulated in abundance. No real filamentous structures such as Reissner's fibre could be seen, however, it was assumed that the heterogeneous material corresponds to this formation. No supraependymal neurones were demonstrated.

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Lindberg, L.-., Talanti, S. The surface fine structure of the bovine subcommissural organ. Cell Tissue Res. 163, 125–132 (1975). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00221721

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  • Bovine subcommissural organ
  • Scanning electron microscopy