, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 98–101 | Cite as

The fate of intramitochondrial paracrystalline inclusion bodies in germ line cells of water frogs (Amphibia, Anura)

  • M. Ogielska
Research Articles


Numerous intramitochondrial pararystalline inclusion bodies (ICIB) were observed in the germinal plasm of a mid-blastula, and in primordial germ cells (PGCs) after their migration to the germinal ridges, inRana ridibunda, R. lessonae andR. esculenta. In oogonia the number of ICIB decreases rapidly. Single ICIB are observed in the germ cells up to the leptotene stage; they have never been observed in pachytene oocytes. In diplotene oocytes that have reached a diameter of about 100 μm ICIB are visible again, and their number increases concomitantly with oocyte growth.

Key words

Intramitochondrial crystalline inclusions primordial germ cell germinal plasm oogenesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Ogielska
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  1. 1.Department of General Zoology, Zoological InstituteUniversity of WroclawWroclaw(Poland)

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