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Tissue Cell. 1984;16(5):705-17.

Surface coats of pore tubules and olfactory sensory dendrites of a silkmoth revealed by cationic markers.


Negatively charged surface coats have been demonstrated on the pore tubules and dendritic membranes of olfactory hairs of male Antheraea polyphemus silkmoths by application of the cationic markers lanthanum (La3+), ruthenium red (RR), and cationized ferritin (CF). Lanthanum and RR diffused readily into the apically opened hairs, whereas CF penetrated only for a relatively short distance. Deposits of the markers are distributed as follows: the inner surfaces of the hair walls are stained by RR and to a small degree by CF; the surfaces of the pore tubules and the dendritic membranes are stained by all three markers. The pore tubules have the strongest affinity for CF. The number of pore tubule-membrane contacts seems to be increased by the cationic dyes. The dendrites are often penetrated by RR, which forms deposits on the inner membrane leaflets, the cytoplasmic microtubules, and microfilaments, and by La3+, but never by CF. The observations provide support for the assumption that, first, the pore tubule-membrane contacts are formed via surface coats of both structures, possibly influenced by cations and, second, that the dendrites remain intact after pinching off the hair tips.

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