Serous cutaneous glands in anurans: Fourier transform analysis of the repeating secretory granule substructure
Authors: Nosi D., Delfino G., Quercioli F.
Autors Affiliation: Department of Anatomy, Histology, and Forensic Medicine, University of Florence, Viale Morgagni 85, 50134 Florence, Italy; Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Florence, Via Romana 17, 50125 Florence, Italy; Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche Florence Research Area, National Institute of Optics, Via Nello Carrara 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), Italy
Abstract: A combined transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform analysis has been performed on the secretory granules storing active peptides/proteins in serous cutaneous glands of n = 12 anuran species. Previous TEM investigation showed that the granules are provided with remarkable repeating substructures based on discrete subunits, arranged into a consistent framework. Furthermore, TEM findings revealed that this recurrent arrangement is acquired during a prolonged post-Golgian (or maturational) processing that affects the secretory product. Maturation leads to a variety of patterns depending on the degree of subunit clustering. This variety of recurrent patterns has been plotted into a range of frequency spectra. Through this quantitative approach, we found that the varying granule substructure can be reduced to a single mechanism of peptide/protein aggregation.
Volume: 100 (3) Pages from: 209 to: 218
KeyWords: Anuran skin poisons; Fourier transform; Protein aggregation; Storing mechanism; Exocrine Glands; Fourier Analysis; Larva; Microscopy, Electron, Transmission; Models, Biological; Secretory Vesicles; Skin, AnuraDOI: 10.1007/s00114-013-1013-xCitations: 1data from “WEB OF SCIENCE” (of Thomson Reuters) are update at: 2019-10-13References taken from IsiWeb of Knowledge: (subscribers only)Connecting to view paper tab on IsiWeb: Click hereConnecting to view citations from IsiWeb: Click here