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|Titolo:||Effects of noradrenaline exposure on rat brown adipocytes in cultures. An ultrastructural study|
|Autori interni:||SBARBATI, Andrea|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1987|
|Rivista:||TISSUE & CELL|
|Abstract:||Adipocytes in intact brown adipose tissue show multivacuolar lipid deposit and mitochondria of 'typical' morphology. Cultured brown adipocytes retain the multivacuolar lipid deposit, while 'typical' mitochondria degenerate and 'atypical' organelles appear instead of the former. Since evidence exists that catecholamines deeply influence brown adipose tissue morphology and function in vivo, we undertook the present ultrastructural investigation to assess whether exposure of cultured brown fat cell to noradrenaline could prevent (or induce regression of) the in vitro morphological modifications of brown adipocytes. Brown adipocytes cultured for 8 h in the presence of noradrenaline (5 X 10(-5) M) had a larger mitochondrial area (i.e. a larger percentage of cytoplasm occupied by non-degenerating mitochondria) in comparison with control cells, as assessed by morphometry; this was due to larger number of mitochondria in noradrenaline-treated cells. Moreover, a number of cells with mitochondria strictly resembling those of the intact tissue were visible in noradrenaline-treated cultured after 8 hr, while 'typical' mitochondria were no longer observed in parallel control cultures. After 5 days of culture without hormone addition, exposure to noradrenaline (5 X 10(-5) M) did not induce quantitative modifications of 'atypical' mitochondria or changes of their ultrastructure up to 12 hr. However, reduction in size of the lipid deposit and activation of both rough endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus were evident in noradrenaline-treated adipocytes in comparison with non-treated cells.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 Articolo in Rivista|
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