Freeze-fracturing and surface labelling of embryonic neural retina cells

Y. Ben-Shaul, Esther Cohen, Ilana Ophir

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Freeze-fracturing of dissociated and aggregating neural retina cells from 7-day chick embryos revealed on the inner faces (PF) of the cell membrane numerous particles 6-20 nm in size. In contrast, the PF faces of blebs and some of the lobopodia that project from the cell surface were practically devoid of such particles. However, the elongated filopodia that abound on these cells showed numerous particles on their PF faces. These regional differences in the distribution of particles on PF faces of these cells are interpreted as reflecting membrane activity that leads to the formation of blebs and lobopodia. The frequent presence of "pits" at the basis of blebs and lobopodia is described. It is suggested that the "pits" are associated with the formation of these membrane projections; they may represent anchoring sites for microfilaments and for microtubules involved in the dynamic structure of the cell surface. ConA-binding sites on these cells were studied by scanning electron microscopy, using labeling with hemocyanin. The distribution of these sites on different regions of the cell surface coincided with the regional differences in the distribution of the inner membrane particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-300
Number of pages12
JournalExperimental Cell Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1977


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