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- Presence of calcium in oocytes of the diplopod Rhinocricus padbergi Verhoeff (Spirobolida, Rhinocricidae)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- In diplopods, the presence of calcium-containing structures seems to be a common finding in some species, with its formation being similar to that observed for other intracellular mineralization systems. In the present study, using histochemistry and transmission electron microscopy, a large amount of calcium was observed in the oocytes of Rhinocricus padbergi. Calcium was detected in both less and well developed oocytes, i.e., the occurrence of calcium coincided with the beginning of vitellogenesis. Calcium was observed as fine granulation distributed within the cytoplasm or deposited in spherical structures apparently formed by overlapping calcium layers. Some authors have suggested that these structures represent a type of reserve used for the calcification of the embryo exoskeleton, whereas others believe that calcium inclusions are a mechanism of organism detoxification as a result of excess calcium ingested by animals during soil turnover. We suggest in this paper that the first hypothesis could be occurring in R. padbergi since at the juvenile stages of the individuals the uptake of calcium is low and because the oocyte is a specialized cell not associated with detoxification.
- Acta Histochemica Et Cytochemica. Kyoto: Japan Soc Histochem Cytochem, v. 37, n. 5, p. 301-306, 2004.
- Japan Soc Histochem Cytochem
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