, Volume 264, Issue 2, pp 209-214

Clusters of nerve cell bodies enclosed within a common connective tissue envelope in the spinal ganglia of the lizard and rat

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Summary

A careful search for groups of nerve cell bodies enclosed within a common connective envelope was made in the spinal ganglia of the lizard and rat using a serial-section technique. Nerve cell bodies sharing a common connective envelope were found to be more common in the lizard (9.4%) than in the rat (5.6%). These nerve cell bodies were arranged in pairs, or, less frequently, in groups of three. At times, they appeared to be in immediate contact, with no intervening satellite cells; at other, they remained separated from one another by a satellite cell sheet. The clusters of nerve cell bodies enclosed within a common connective envelope probably result from the arrest of developmental processes in the spinal ganglion. It is possible that, as a result of the cell arrangement here described, certain neurons electrically influence other sensory neurons at the level of the ganglion.