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- Histochemical and ultrastructural cytochemistry of glycogen in ovarioles of Neoponera villosa ants (hymenoptera : ponerinae)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- In Neoponera villosa ants, we found ovaries of the polytrophic meroistic type which is characterized by the presence of nurse cells forming together with the oocyte, the so-called follicles. The nurse cells have the primary function of supplying the oocyte with RNA, but they contribute to the supply of other elements such as glycogen. With the objetive of detecting the presence of this substance in the ovarioles of workers and queens of N. viillosa ants the ovaries were removed and processed according to electron microscopy technic for glycogen detection. Glycogen is a common element in insect oocytes and is abundantly distributed in the cytoplasm of N. villosa workers and queens. However, in ovarian follicles it can only be detected at stages II and III of development. Glycogen synthesis probably occurs predominantly in nurse cells which transfer it into the oocyte through the nourish pore. This process requires high energy expenditure that justify the large numbers of mitochondria associated with glycogen in the nurse cell cytoplasm. The amount of glycogen in the nurse cells of queens is slightly greater than workers.
- Journal of Advanced Zoology, v. 17, n. 2, p. 64-67, 1996.
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