This study was undertaken to determine whether the numerous cytoplasmic tubules (CT) in the apical cytoplasm of goldfish hindgut absorptive cells are directly involved in the endocytotic transport of macromolecules into the cells, or whether they are derived from the intracellular membrane components. The absorptive cells were exposed to horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-containing medium in organ culture and subsequently fixed and prepared for electron microscopy. Analysis revealed that 5 sec after exposure, many vesicular structures, including coated vesicles, were labelled with reaction product whereas almost all CT were negative. After a 1-min exposure, reaction product was detected in about 11 % of the CT, and thereafter, the percentage increased to about 95% after 15 min exposure. As labelled CT increased in number, the number of densely labelled vacuoles with attached CT also increased. CT connected to vacuoles with a peripheral margin of dense reaction product were always HRP-positive, whereas those connected to vacuoles which were not distinctly labelled were themselves also devoid of HRP reaction product. This indicated that the labelling of CT was closely associated with the labelling of the inner surface of the vacuolar membrane. These results indicate that CT are probably formed by a budding off from these vacuoles, rather than being directly involved in endocytosis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Cell Biology