Cytochemical Evidence of the Origin of Lipid Bodies (so-called Golgi Bodies) from Mitochondria

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SINCE Hirsch's1 theory of the Golgi presubstance, according to which there exist homogeneous granular mass as a precursor of the ‘Golgi’ system, there has been very little attempt to investigate the origin of these inclusions in the cell. Nath and Chopra2 reported the origin of ‘Golgi dictyosomes’ from mitochondria in the spermatocytes of the slug, Anadenus altivagus. However, such a conclusion was arrived at on the basis of morphological study inasmuch as the ‘Golgi dictyosomes’ disappear at the metaphase and anaphase stages of meiosis I and II, probably merging into the mitochondria ; they again appear in the respective telophase stages by the alignment of lipid granules, which seemed to take their origin from the mitochondria. These observations were later confirmed by Nath and Gupta3 in the living spermatocytes of Anadenus and Euaustenia under phase-contrast microscopy.

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CHOPRA, H. Cytochemical Evidence of the Origin of Lipid Bodies (so-called Golgi Bodies) from Mitochondria. Nature 187, 713 (1960) doi:10.1038/187713a0

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