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A fluorescence histochemical study of the monoamine-containing cell in the developing frog taste organ

  • K. Hirata
  • O. Nada


Sequential changes in the monoamine-contianing cell (MC cell) of the developing frog tongue has been studied by fluorescence histochemistry using uptake of 5,6-dihydroxytryptamine. At st. 16, a few yellow fluorescent cells, here called MC cells, appeared in random order at the uppermost layer of the dorsal epithelium. They were round or elliptical in shape. At st. 18 the MC cells, greatly transformed, were found at the periphery of the sensory disc primordium which first appears during this stage. The MC cell was made up of three parts: perikaryon, process and terminal portion. The perikaryon was located at the upper half of the epithelium and from it a single process stretched vertically toward the basal lamina, above which the dilated terminal portion was found. Thereafter the perikaryon gradually moved toward the basal layer while remaining at the periphery of the disc primordium. Meanwhile the terminal portion moved over the basal lamina toward the center of the disc primordium. At st. 22, the whole of the MC cell lay flat above the basal lamina. The perikaryon was localized at the periphery of the sensory disc and from there the process stretched toward the center. Thus, the morphology of MC cells resembled the adult state, except for smaller size. MC cells were never observed in the subepithelial connective tissue in the present study. This seems to suggest that the MC cell of the frog fungiform papilla is of epithelial origin.


Basal Lamina Fluorescent Cell Histochemical Study Terminal Portion Uppermost Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Hirata
    • 1
  • O. Nada
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of MedicineKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Medical TechnologyKyushu University School of Health SciencesFukuokaJapan

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