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Cell and tissue research

Ultracytochemical evidence for the presence of GERL in pinealocytes of the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus).


PMID 3024841

Abstract

Ultracytochemical reactions for the demonstration of acid phosphatase, glucose-6-phosphatase and thiamine pyrophosphatase, as well as zinc iodide-osmium tetroxide impregnation, revealed the existence of GERL (Golgi apparatus-Endoplasmic Reticulum-Lysosomes) in pinealocytes of the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). The spatial arrangement of this structure was studied on thick sections using a goniometric stage. Although it was not possible to determine whether GERL in pinealocytes belongs to the Golgi apparatus or to endoplasmic reticulum, it can be concluded that its presence in studied cells signifies that they are considerably more active synthetically than has been believed to date.