Experimental Studies of the Dynamics of Herring Bodies. Ultrastructure of Axon Dilatations Developing at the Site of Compression or Transection of Neurosecretory Axons in the Grass Frog Rana pipiens

  • H.-D. Dellmann
  • J. R. Carithers
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Herring bodies are dilatations of neurosecretory axons that have been well characterized ultrastructurally (for review see DELLMANN, 1973). Their formation and possible involution has been studied (PICKERING et al., 1975) and is more subject to hypothetical speculations. This study of the sequence of ultrastructural changes occurring during experimentally induced formation of axon dilatations, is the first step in elucidating dynamic changes in Herring bodies.


Rana Pipiens Transect Axon Axoplasmic Flow Granulate Vesicle Empty Vesicle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-D. Dellmann
    • 1
  • J. R. Carithers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Pharmacology and PhysiologyIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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