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The bladder wall under extreme stress condition: ultrastructural observations in a hibernating mammal.
Journal of Submicroscopic Cytology and Pathology
Comparative ultrastructural observations are presented of the distended bladder of a hibernating dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) and a relaxed organ taken from an active animal. The distended bladder of the hibernating animal has an extremely thin wall lined with a three-layer urothelium. An osmiophilic coat lines the luminal surface of the urothelium in the hibernating animal, but it is very thin indeed in the specimen from the active dormouse. In the urothelium of the distended bladder, a larger number of fusiform vesicles (FVs, typical structures of the urothelium with asymmetric unit membrane) is found. On the contrary, lysosomes, multivesicular bodies, and interdigitation of plasma membrane between adjacent cells are all more frequent in the relaxed bladder of the active dormouse. Results suggest that hibernating animals can be a useful model for investigating the biology of epithelial cells in the mammalian bladder.
Animals, Epithelium/ultrastructure, Hibernation, Lysosomes/ultrastructure, Microscopy, Electron, Rodentia/anatomy & histology, Rodentia/physiology, Stress, Physiological/pathology, Urinary Bladder/physiology, Urinary Bladder/ultrastructure, Wakefulness
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