This investigation was supported by grant 5 RO1 HD02613 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Public Health Service Training grant GM 00240-09 and Health Science Advancement Award F-304-FRO6115 to Washington University.
The fine structure of the guinea pig visceral yolk sac placenta†
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2005
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American Journal of Anatomy
Volume 127, Issue 4, pages 397–413, April 1970
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King, B. F. and Enders, A. C. (1970), The fine structure of the guinea pig visceral yolk sac placenta. Am. J. Anat., 127: 397–413. doi: 10.1002/aja.1001270405
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2005
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2005
The structure of the guinea pig visceral yolk sac from 26 days of gestation to term was studied by transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Particular emphasis was placed on the columnar endoderm cells of the villous portion of the yolk sac. The apical cytoplasm of the endoderm cells contained numerous membrane invaginations, endocytic vesicles, dense tubules and large vacuoles which appeared to form an interrelated absorptive system. The saccular invaginations of the apical cell membrane were specialized by the development of both an amorphous extracellular coat and an internal coat. Both the endocytic vesicles and dense tubules were thought to be derived from the saccular invaginations following detachment of the latter from the cell surface — the endocytic vesicles forming by fusion of saccules creating progressively larger structures, and the dense apical tubules forming by a process involving fluid loss from the saccules. Large vacuoles were present deeper in the apical cytoplasm; these probably were formed by fusion of smaller vesicles. The supranuclear cytoplasm contained numerous dense droplets and a Golgi zone. The possible relationships of the droplets to the vacuoles was discussed.