Crystalline inclusions in embryonic and maternal cells

  • Loren H. Hoffman
  • Gary E. Olson
Part of the Electron Microscopy in Biology and Medicine book series (EMBM, volume 2)


A variety of cell types in early mammalian embryos and associated organs of the female genital tract contain inclusion bodies which are crystalline in nature. Although many of these structures were first seen by light microscopy, some have been further analyzed and others seen for the first time in more recent ultrastructural studies. Here, we will review structural aspects of such inclusions in several mammalian species. Evidence is scarce as to the chemical identity of most crystalline inclusions. A comparative look at structural features may allow us to come to tentative conclusions as to their functional importance and/or identity. Hopefully, such a review might stimulate new investigation on certain of these inclusions.


Mouse Oocyte Preimplantation Embryo Uterine Epithelium Crystalline Inclusion Spiny Mouse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Loren H. Hoffman
    • 1
  • Gary E. Olson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA

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