Adult Syrian hamsters were given a subcutaneous injection of reserpine 3 days before an intraperitoneal injection of 3H-3,4 dihydroxyphenylalanine or 3H-5, hydroxytryptophan and the carotid bodies were subsequently prepared for electron microscopic radioautography. Other Syrian hamsters were given a subcutaneous injection of reserpine and the carotid bodies were subjected to a sensitive cytochemical test for the detection of unsubstituted amines. These studies were made to determine whether the labeled amine precursors were incorporated into the cells and to see whether the parenchymal cells were affected by reserpine treatment. Material from hamsters treated first with reserpine and subsequently injected with 3H-3,4 dihydroxyphenylalanine or 3H-5, hydroxytryptophan exhibited reduced grains of silver over the cells which were associated mainly with the dense cores of the cytoplasmic granules. These studies offer evidence that the granules of the carotid body incorporate catecholamine and indolamine precursors. Material from hamsters incubated for the presence of unsubstituted amines gave a positive reaction (opaque cytoplasmic granules) for catecholamines but not for indolamines. The latter substances may not be present in quantities sufficient to register a positive reaction in the cytochemical test. The opaque granules, indicative of the presence of catecholamines, decreased in density after reserpine treatment. 5 days after one reserpine injection the granules had regained opacity and were comparable to those seen in the control cells.
ELECTRON MICROSCOPIC RADIOAUTOGRAPHIC STUDIES OF THE CAROTID BODY FOLLOWING INJECTIONS OF LABELED BIOGENIC AMINE PRECURSORS
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I-Li Chen, Robert D. Yates; ELECTRON MICROSCOPIC RADIOAUTOGRAPHIC STUDIES OF THE CAROTID BODY FOLLOWING INJECTIONS OF LABELED BIOGENIC AMINE PRECURSORS . J Cell Biol 1 September 1969; 42 (3): 794–803. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.42.3.794
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