The Paraneuron pp 135-144 | Cite as

Adrenal Chromaffin Cells

  • Tsuneo Fujita
  • Tomio Kanno
  • Shigeru Kobayashi


The term chromaffin cells is derived from the properties of the parenchymal cells of the adrenal medulla whereby they are stained from yellow to brown after treatment with chromate- or dichromate-containing fixatives (Bennett 1941; Wood 1963; Coupland 1965a). It was Kohn (1903) who named this phenomenon the chromaffin reaction. The chromaffin reaction was regarded as a specific histochemical test for adrenaline and related substances. Thus, adrenal chromaffin cells have been regarded as occupying a special position among endocrine cells as the only adrenaline-secreting cells.


Secretory Granule Chromaffin Cell Adrenal Medulla Opioid Peptide Sympathetic Ganglion 
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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsuneo Fujita
    • 1
  • Tomio Kanno
    • 2
  • Shigeru Kobayashi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUniversity of Niigata School of MedicineNiigataJapan
  2. 2.Department of Physiology Faculty of Veterinary MedicineHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  3. 3.Department of AnatomyYamanashi Medical CollegeTamaho,YamanashiJapan

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