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Electron microscopic immunocytochemistry of prolactin secreting cells (PRL-cells) and growth hormone secreting cells (GH-cells) in the anterior pituitary gland of partially hepatectomized rats



Electron microscopic immunocytochemistry of prolactin secreting cells (PRL-cells) and growth hormone secreting cells (GH-cells) in the anterior pituitary gland of partially hepatectomized rats



Virchows Archiv. B Cell Pathology Including Molecular Pathology 57(6): 361-366



After 60% hepatectomy in rats, prolactin secreting cells (PRL-cells) and growth hormone secreting cells (GH-cells) of the anterior pituitary gland were distinctly identified by the protein A-gold procedure combined with electron microscopy. The animals were sacrificed by the decapitation at midnight at intervals of about 28, 76 and 124 h after the operation. The principal changes can be summarized as follows; (1) Hypertrophy of the Golgi complex, (2) Dilation of the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER), (3) Increased numbers of secretory granules (markedly in GH-cells), and occurrence of granule extrusion or exocytosis, (4) Increased numbers of lysosomes, which were mostly seen at 124 h after the operation. These ultrastructural changes were remarkably observed in both PRL and GH-cells. Especially, the noticeable changes in PRL-cells after partial hepatectomy in the rat were new findings in this study. The above results suggest that hepatectomy induced synthesis and release of GH and PRL in cells from pars distalis.

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DOI: 10.1007/bf02899102


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