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Anat Rec. 1992 Mar;232(3):349-58.

Segregation of secretory material in all elements of the Golgi apparatus in principal epithelial cells of the rat seminal vesicle.

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Department of Anatomy, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


At the apex of the epithelial principal cells of the seminal vesicle, there appears to be two types of mature secretory granules, i.e., large and small. Both types of secretory granules showed an eccentric electron-dense spherical body with one pole attached to the delimiting membrane. The remainder of the large granule surrounding the eccentric body showed a granulofilamentous texture, whereas that of the small granule was electron lucent. The formation of these two types of granules was traced back to the various elements of the Golgi stacks. In the case of the large granules, the earliest stage of segregation of the precursor of the eccentric dense body was observed in distensions of the cis-element. Within distensions of all subjacent saccules, the dense bodies continued to be present but progressively increased in size while remaining attached to the saccular membrane. Following separation from the trans-face of the stack, the large prosecretory granules continued to increase in size by fusing with each other. The very large prosecretory granules, as they migrated toward the cell apex to become mature secretory granules, reduced in size prior to exocytosis. The small granules formed exclusively on the trans-aspect of the Golgi stacks and did not appear to fuse with each other. Observations on the formation of the large prosecretory granules within the Golgi apparatus and of the eccentric body in particular, which may be taken as a marker of the saccular membrane, were suggestive of a cis-trans migration and renewal of Golgi saccules.

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