Neuroepithelial Bodies in the Lungs of Bombina Orientalis (Boul.)

  • L. Goniakowska-Witalińska
  • J. M. Lauweryns
  • L. Van Ranst


Neuroepithelial bodies (NEB) in the lungs of Bombina orientalis were investigated by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. NEB are mostly situated in the apical parts of the main septa and are covered by a thin layer of ciliated epithelium or pneumocytes. Each NEB consists of 10-25 cells. The neuroendocrine (NE) cells constituting the NEB contain dense core vesicles (DCV) of two types: smaller with a cytoplasm of NE cells, numerous lamellar bodies are observed. Two types of nerve endings (afferent and efferent) can be found in the basal parts of NEB. Immuno- histochemistry revealed that NEB are serotonin positive.


Nerve Ending Neuroendocrine Cell Lamellar Body Dense Core Vesicle Ciliated Epithelium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Goniakowska-Witalińska
    • 1
  • J. M. Lauweryns
    • 2
  • L. Van Ranst
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Comparative AnatomyJagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland
  2. 2.Dept. of HistopathologyCatholic University of Leuven BelgiumBelgium

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