ENDOCYTOSIS DURING POSTNATAL DIFFERENTIATION IN SUPERFICIAL CELLS OF THE MOUSE URINARY BLADDER EPITHELIUM

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Institute of Cell Biology, Medical Faculty, Lipiceva 2, 61000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

ABSTRACT

This electron microscopical study was performed in order to follow the endocytic pathway of horseradish peroxidase and colloidal gold tracers and to determine the involvement of endocytosis in postnatal differentiation in superficial cells of the mouse urinary bladder epithelium. Morphometric analyses of late endosomes/multivesicular bodies from day of birth to day 25 were performed. The internalisation and intracellular transport of luminal plasmalemma to multivesicular bodies via endocytic vesicles, early endosomes and pleomorphic compartments was established. Dynamic changes in endocytic activity took place within the first few days of postnatal differentiation. During this period the number of multivesicular bodies changed in an inverse ratio to their size. After the third day endocytic activity gradually approached the low rate of adult urothelium.

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