Temporary contacts formed between developing optic fibers in the chick.


Journal Article

Temporary junctions were observed between developing optic fibers of the chick embryo and were distributed along the entire length of the axons from the cell body to the tip of the growth cone. These junctions were present in all material studied between days E-3 and E-18, the latter being the start of myelin formation of the optic tract. Junctions between adjacent axons were focal in nature and showed a decrease in the size of the intercellular space caused by a close apposition of the plasma membrane. With the experimental techniques used final identification of these junctions could not be made but are thought to be of two types--the gap and occludens junctions. Temporary fasciae adherentes junctions were observed at the end of the axon, between the growth cone and adjacent neural tissue. Speculation was made on the functional role of these temporary junctions.

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Cited Authors

  • Arees, EA; DeLong, GR

Published Date

  • February 1, 1977

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 211 - 216

PubMed ID

  • 870592

Pubmed Central ID

  • 870592

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-0752


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England