PMID: 572358Apr 3, 1979

A cytochemical and ultrastructural study of the "S.I.F." cells in cat sympathetic ganglia

Histochemistry
A Autillo-Touati

Abstract

According to the hypothesis of Eccles and Libet, the small intensely fluorescent cells (S.I.F. cells) in the sympathetic ganglion would represent an essential element in the inhibition of the principal neuron. As a contribution to the study of this important problem, we have investigated serial sections in superior cervical (S.C.G.) and celiac (C.G.) ganglia of the cat, a species that has not been extensively studied up to now, both by fluorescence and electron microscopy. We have shown that the "S.I.F." cells are three times fewer in the cat S.C.G. than in the rat S.C.G. There are five times more "S.I.F." cells in the C.G. of the cat than in the S.C.G. of the same species. Moreover we have described two types of "S.I.F." cells. Type I is composed of cells characterized by highly polymorphous large dense-cored vesicles. These cells lack processes and are grouped in clusters centered on fenestrated capillaries. They could be endocrine function cells. Type II is formed of isolated cells which exibit long processes and establish synaptic junctions with the dendrites of the principal neurons. In this case, the dense-cored vesicles are very regular and much smaller. These cells could be equivalent to interneurons. Type I very strong...Continue Reading

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