Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 24 Issue 3 September 1999 pp 345-360 Articles
We studied the metamorphosis of the central nervous system (CNS) and neighbouring muscles of
In muscles, vacuoles suggesting histolysis appeared by 6 h. Their ultrastructure became deranged between 12–18 h and myoblasts were found to be present since 8 h. Except for a few muscles in the thorax, such as larval oblique muscles and pharyngeal muscles, most of the muscles in the head and thorax lost all the ultrastructural details and histolyzed by 18 h. Around 38 h, imaginai muscles were detectable, and well-developed muscles were found by 55 h. However, myofibrils continued to be added laterally to the preformed muscles even at 96 h.
Electron-dense mitochondria (EDMITs) were found in the neuropil, cortex and muscles of pupa, along with mitochondria of characteristic shape and normal appearance. These EDMITs often occurred in large clusters of more than 100, at times near the surface of the tissue. A few of these were enclosed in vacuoles and were darker than the rest of the EDMITs and normal looking mitochondria. Histochemistry with diaminobenzidine showed the presence of cytochrome c and marker enzyme cytochrome oxidase, both in EDMITs and normal mitochondria. EDMITs were not found to be present in any tissue of the adult
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