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Cytochemical demonstration of catecholamines in cells of the carotid body in primary tissue culture


Cells of the glomus carotioum of cat and rabbit were cultured in primary tissue culture. Under the phase-contrast microscope three types of cells were found, epitheloid cells, spindle-shaped ones like Schwann cells and fibroblasts. After treatment with formaldehyde gas the epitheloid cells showed the characteristic catecholamine fluorescence. Their origin from the glomoids and their behaviour in culture which was similar to that of sympathetic neurons are discussed.

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The author is indebted to Mrs. S. Gattermann for her skilful technical assistance.

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Pietruschka, F. Cytochemical demonstration of catecholamines in cells of the carotid body in primary tissue culture. Cell Tissue Res. 151, 317–321 (1974).

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Key words

  • Glomus caroticum
  • Primary tissue culture
  • Catecholamine fluorescence