Three-dimensional reconstruction and quantitative analysis of rat lung type II cells: a computer-based study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The three-dimensional structure of alveolar epithelial type II cells was imaged using a computer-based system designed for reconstruction and quantitative analysis of serially sectioned specimens. Six type II cells were reconstructed from serial ultrathin sections of lungs from two Sprague Dawley male rats and the results were compared to standard morphometric estimates of type II cell composition from five other Sprague Dawley male rats. A minor portion of the type II cell surface was in contact with the alveolar airspace while most of the cell surface was embedded in the alveolar septal interstitium. The type II cells contained multiple Golgi regions located close to the nucleus. Mitochondria formed a few branching filamentous networks extending throughout the cell. The reconstructed cells appeared to represent a homogeneous population having fractional volumes of intracellular organelles very similar to those found by morphometric techniques. The spatial distribution of secretory organelle volume suggests that the organization of this cell type reflects an ordered progression of secretory particle maturation which is consistent with earlier hypotheses of lamellar body assembly.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Young, SL; Fram, EK; Craig, BL

Published Date

  • September 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 174 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 14

PubMed ID

  • 4061335

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9106

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/aja.1001740102


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States