Certain lamellar structures have been described from snail (Otala) and clam (Spisula) oocytes, the acinar cells of amphibian (Ambystoma) pancreas, and from rat spermatids. These structures are alike in possessing numerous rings or annuli, resembling those in the nuclear membrane. Thus the name "annulate lamellae" has been proposed for them. It is suggested that they may function in the transfer of specificities from nucleus to cytoplasm.

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