Structure and development of the notochord 'elastica externa' and nearby components of the elastic fibre system of agnathans
Schinko, I., Potter, I.C., Welsch, U. and Debbage, P. (1992) Structure and development of the notochord 'elastica externa' and nearby components of the elastic fibre system of agnathans. Acta Zoologica, 73 (1). pp. 57-66.
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Between 15 days and 3 months in age, the 'elastica externa' of the notochord sheath of larval lampreys develops from patches of moderately dense and amorphous material into a thick, continuous and electron-dense layer. In both lampreys and hagfish, this layer stains strongly with Verhoeff's elastic stain and aldehyde fuchsin and is penetrated by collagen fibrils on both its outer and inner boundaries. Peroxidase labelling using an antibody raised against human elastin specifically labels both the notochord 'elastica externa' and the elastic fibre system of lampreys. The diameters of the microfibrils (10-13 nm) of the oxytalan, elaunin and elastic fibres of lampreys and hagfish are the same as those of higher vertebrates. The connective tissue immediately dorsal and ventral to the notochord of lampreys contains mainly oxytalan fibres in very young ammocoetes, a combination of oxytalan, elaunin and elastic fibres in older ammocoetes, and predominantly elastic fibres in adult lampreys. While the region of the endomeninx at the base of the spinal cord contains almost exclusively oxytalan fibres in young ammocoetes, it also possesses numerous elastic fibres in adult lampreys. These findings indicate that, as in higher vertebrates, the clastic fibres of lampreys develop from oxytalan fibres via claunin fibres
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Biological and Environmental Sciences|
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