Insect Ultrastructure

Volume 1

  • Robert C. King
  • Hiromu Akai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. The Ultrastructure of Gametes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert C. King, Joseph D. Cassidy, André Rousset
      Pages 3-31
    3. Søren Wilken Rasmussen, Preben Bach Holm
      Pages 61-85
    4. William H. Telfer, Erwin Huebner, D. Spencer Smith
      Pages 118-149
    5. Grace Dane Mazur, Jerome C. Regier, Fotis C. Kafatos
      Pages 150-185
  3. The Ultrastructure of Developing Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Dieter Zissler, Klaus Sander
      Pages 189-221
    3. Victoria Foe, Hugh Forrest, Linda Wilkinson, Charles Laird
      Pages 222-246
    4. Diane K. Fristrom, Wayne L. Rickoll
      Pages 247-277
  4. The Ultrastructure of the Development, Differentiation, and Functioning of Specialized Tissues and Organs

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 467-485

About this book


Fourteen years have passed since the publication of David Spencer Smith's Insect Cells: Their Structure and Function. Here the results of a decade of electronmicroscopic studies on insect cells were summarized in an organized and integrated fashion for the first time, and the ultrastructural characteristics of different specialized cells and tissues were abundantly illustrated in the 117 plates this monograph contained. In the intervening period great progress has been made in the field of Insect Ultrastructure. Organelles not even mentioned in Smith's book, such as synaptonemal complexes, clathrin baskets, fusomes, and retinular junc­ tions, have been identified and functions proposed for them. There have also been many technical advances that have profoundly influenced the direction of subsequent research. A spectacular example would be the development by Miller and Beatty of the chromosomal spreading technique which allowed for the first time ultrastructural studies on segments of chromosomes containing genes in various stages of replication and transcription. Then there is the freeze-fracture procedure first described by Moor and his colleagues. This technique permitted an analysis of intercellular junctions that was impossible with the conventional sectioning methods. The results greatly clarified our understanding of the channels for ion movement and the permeability barriers between cells and also the membrane changes that occur during the embryonic differentiation and metamorphosis of various types of insect cells.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert C. King
    • 1
  • Hiromu Akai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Environmental BiologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Sericultural Experiment StationYatabe, IbarakiJapan

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