Bony Tissue. Osteocyte
Osteocytes (1) are stellate in transverse section (see Plate 107); in sections parallel to the Haversian canals they appear round or elliptical. The cell body contains a nucleus with a well-developed nucleolus. Within the cytoplasm are found mitochondria, some cisternae of rough endoplasmic reticulum, and a Golgi apparatus. The number and distribution of all cell components can vary considerably according to the histophysiological activities of the osteocytes (collagen synthesis). Young and active osteocytes naturally have better developed cell organelles.
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