PMID: 38563May 31, 1979

Experimental study of follicle formation in suppressed parathyroid glands of Mongolian gerbils

Virchows Archiv. B, Cell Pathology Including Molecular Pathology
L Boquist


Parathyroid follicle formation was studied in Mongolian gerbils subjected to different concentrations of calcium in vivo and in vitro, using light and electron microscopic methods, including the potassium pyroantimonate technique and x-ray microanalysis for identification of cations. Follicles were frequent at high calcium concentration, but sparse at intermediate and low levels of calcium. Two main types of follicle were differentiated: "degenerative follicles" containing cellular debris and lined by smooth-surfaced epithelium which occasionally showed degenerative changes; and "secretory follicles" characterized by amorphous and granular contents, and an epithelium possessing microvilli and cytoplasmic projections. Amorphous masses were also seen in dilated intercellular spaces and in dilated cisterns of rough endoplasmic reticulum in the follicle epithelium. Calcium-containing precipitates were found in degenerating chief cells, and between degenerating cells and follicles. Parathyroid follicles are believed to be formed by degeneration of suppressed chief cells (degenerative follicles), and by secretion of hormonal and/or other substances into dilated intercellular spaces which progressively increase in size to form follicu...Continue Reading

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