The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 33: 317 - 323 (1989)

Vol 33, Issue 2

Organelle distribution in chick neuroepithelial cells: effects of colchicine and cytochalasin B

Published: 1 June 1989

J G Fernández Alvarez, P Paz and C A Chamorro

Departamento de Biología Celular y Anatomía, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de León, Spain.


The intracellular distribution of mitochondria, cytoplasmic inclusions and rough endoplasmic reticulum cisternae of chick neuroepithelial cells was investigated at neurulation stages 6, 8, 10 and 12. These neuroepithelial cells were subdivided into three zones: apical, median and basal and the distribution percentages of distribution of these organelles were obtained. Mitochondrial distribution was related to the energy supply that mitochondria provide for apical microfilament contraction. Cytoplasmic inclusions were distributed preferentially in the apical zone of the neuroepithelial cells during the four stages. Rough endoplasmic reticulum cisternae were homogeneously distributed in the three zones at stages 10 and 12, but at stages 6 and 8 there are more elevated percentages of rough endoplasmic reticulum in the apical zones than in the other zones. Experimental treatments with colchicine and cytochalasin B does not modify the patterns of mitochondria and rough endoplasmic reticulum cisternae but alters the distribution of cytoplasmic inclusions. Finally, there is a correlation in the normal neurulating neuroepithelial cells between the distributions of mitochondria and rough endoplasmic reticulum distribution and between the distributions of mitochondria and cytoplasmic inclusions distribution. This relationship is retained in the treated neuroepithelial cells.

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