Catecholamines, Related Compounds and the Nervous System in the Tentacles of Some Anthozoans

  • J. Van Marle
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There are two separate nerve plexuses in the tentacles of Anthozoa. One is found in the endoderm close to the mesogloea; the other is located in the ectoderm, also close to the mesogloea. The morphology of their component neurons and the variety of transmitters they posses, have been studied most extensively (Van Marie, 1977; Van Marie et al., 1983) in the sea anemone Tealia felina, since in this animal, the mesoglea clearly separates the ectodermal nerve plexus and the muscle. All findings have, however, been confirmed in Metridium senile, Anemonia sulcata and Cerianthus membranaceus and, to a lesser degree, in Hydra vulgaris. As far as we could establish the two plexuses are not connected, for, in the tentacles at least, there are no morphological nor histochemical indications of any connections.


Human Fetal Lung Radial Fiber Biogenic Monoamine Catechol Compound Small Clear Vesicle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Van Marle
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  1. 1.Department of Electron Microscopy, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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