Acta Neuropathologica

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 329–330 | Cite as

An unusual organelle in a case of duchenne muscular dystrophy

  • S. C. Watkins
  • M. J. Cullen
Short Original Communications


A new organelle found in a case of Duchenne muscular dystrophy is described. It was located at the periphery of a regenerated myofibre close to a satellite cell. It was roughly sperical in shape and 0.30–0.35 μm in diameter. Its internal structure was examined in serial and tilted sections, and consisted of parallel arrays of laminae or, possibly, filaments. The nature of the organelle is briefly discussed.

Key words

Muscular dystrophy, Duchenne type Ultrastructure Satellite cell 


  1. Cullen MJ, Watkins SC (1981) The role of satellite cells in regeneration in diseased muscle. In: Marschal G, Guba F, Takao O (eds) Mechanisms of muscle adaptation to functional requirements. Pergamon Press, Oxford and Academiai Kiado, Budapest (in press)Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Watkins
    • 1
  • M. J. Cullen
    • 1
  1. 1.Muscular Dystrophy Research LaboratoriesNewcastle General HospitalNewcastle upon TyneUK

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