Scanning electron microscopy of the cleft of the rat pituitary

Cell and Tissue Research
D R Ciocca


Scanning electron microscopy of the lining of the pituitary cleft was carried out in normal, lactating, castrated, adrenalectomized, and cyproterone-treated adult rats. Four cell types could be differentiated in the posterior wall in control and experimental animals: (1) cells with a smooth surface, (2) cells with microvilli located at the cellular borders, (3) ciliated cells, and (4) cells with evenly distributed microvilli. The anterior wall showed mainly cells with few microvilli located at their margins, and clusters of ciliated cells. In normal, and more frequently in experimental animals, the anterior wall showed shriveled cells, and variously sized cavities. Colloid appeared either as a network of finely granular material or as compact bodies adhering to the epithelial surface. These observations suggest that a compact component of the colloid is derived at least in part from degraded cells.

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Plasma Membrane
Cyproterone, 1alpha,2 alpha,9 beta,10 alpha-Isomer
Lactation, Prolonged
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Pituitary Stalk

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