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Membrane particle distribution in the sternal epithelia of the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber latr. (Crustacea, oniscidea) during CaCO(3) deposit formation and resorption, a freeze-etch analysis



Membrane particle distribution in the sternal epithelia of the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber latr. (Crustacea, oniscidea) during CaCO(3) deposit formation and resorption, a freeze-etch analysis



Journal of Structural Biology 127(3): 263-278



The anterior sternal epithelium of terrestrial isopods transports cuticular Ca(2+) to and from large sternal CaCO(3) deposits. We analyzed the anterior and posterior sternal epithelium by the means of the freeze-etch technique and measured the size distribution and density of intramembrane particles (IMPs) during three different molting stages. At least three IMP size classes around 4.5, 7.7, and 9.4 nm can be distinguished on the P-face of the apical and basolateral plasma membrane. An additional size class of around 12.8 nm is restricted to the apical compartment. In the anterior sternal epithelium, the density of these large particles changes by a factor of 1.9 during the molt cycle, suggesting a role in CaCO(3) formation and/or resorption. The density of the smaller IMPs rises transiently by a factor of 1.3 in the posterior sternal epithelium only. The IMP density of the basolateral plasma membrane increases significantly by a factor of 1.4 and 1.3 in the anterior and posterior sternal epithelia, respectively. The results indicate that increases in the IMP density contribute to the differentiation to an increased transport activity during the cyclic enlargements of the plasma membrane surface area in the anterior sternal epithelium.

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DOI: 10.1006/jsbi.1999.4166


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