Combined Use of Lectin Histochemistry and Immunocytochemistry for the Study of Neurosecretion

  • E. M. Rodriguez
  • B. Peruzzo
  • L. Alfaro
  • H. Herrera


In 1971, on the occasion of a Symposium organized by Heller and Lederis, and also held in Bristol, I presented some histochemical evidence indicating that in the neural lobe of amphibians and reptilian only one of the two types of neurosecretory fibers contained carbohydrates. More substantial evidence was provided by Tasso (1974) who, working with rats at the ultrastructural level, demonstrated that glycoproteins were circumscribed to neurosecretory granules located in one of the two types of neurosecretory fibers. Later, Tasso et al., (1977), by studying the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial system of Brattleboro rats, showed that the neurosecretory granules containing glycoproteins were missing from homozygous rats and postulated that glycoproteins and arginine-vasopressin (AVP) coexisted within the same granule. Apparently, no further histochemical studies have been performed.


Sialic Acid Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum Sugar Residue Neurosecretory Granule Lectin Histochemistry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. Rodriguez
    • 1
  • B. Peruzzo
    • 1
  • L. Alfaro
    • 1
  • H. Herrera
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Histologie y PatologiaUniversidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile

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