Dec 18, 1975

Histological changes associated with enlargement and regression of the thymus glands of the red-billed quelea Quelea quelea L. (Ploceidae: weaver-birds)

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
S Bacchus, M D Kendall

Abstract

Thymic lobes form over 200 red-billed queleas, Quelea quelea L., were examined histologically. Samples were taken from embryos about to hatch, juveniles and adults. The lobes varied in size from very small to very enlarged (1- greater than 5 mm long). The constituent cell types are described in detail and the occurrence of these cells in different sized lobes is discussed. A cycle of events is proposed which accounts for the observations presented here. It is suggested that the large numbers of erythroid cells found in the cortex of some individuals were developing in situ. The significance of erythropoiesis within the thymus is discussed.

Mentioned in this Paper

Embryo
Size
Cortex Bone Disorders
Adrenal Cortex Diseases
Quelea quelea
Cerebral Lobe
Erythroid Cells
Neoplasm of Uncertain or Unknown Behavior of Thymus
Lymphoid Cells
Hypertrophy

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