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Subsurface cisterns in paraventricular nuclei of the hypothalamus of the rat


Structures identified as subsurface cisterns (SSC's) were found in neurons of the paraventricular nuclei of the rat hypothalamus. They appeared as cytoplasmic organelles consisting most often of stacks of parallel cisterns apposed to the neuronal plasmalemma. These SSC's were located in the interneurons of the parvocellular system, but not in neurosecretory cells and glial cells. SSC's were seen at zones of cytoplasm apposed to neuronal or glial cell processes, showing in some instances specific relationships with synaptic areas.

The morphological features of these SSC's are described, and their possible functional significance is briefly discussed.

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Hervás, J., Lafarga, M. Subsurface cisterns in paraventricular nuclei of the hypothalamus of the rat. Cell Tissue Res. 199, 271–279 (1979).

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Key words

  • Subsurface cisterns
  • Neurons
  • Paraventricular nucleus
  • Hypothalamus
  • Rat