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Periodic Acid–Schiff Positive Giant Cells in the Mouse Thymus Cortex

Naturevolume 191page305 (1961) | Download Citation



HAMMAR1 first described cells, laden with fat granules, in the thymus cortex of ageing humans. More recently, a detailed description of the histo-chemical reactions of these cells in the mouse thymus has been given by Loewenthal and Smith2, who pointed out that these cells gave a strong red colour when stained with the periodic acid–Schiff reagent (PAS).

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  1. 1

    Hammar, J. A., Endocrinol., 5, 543 (1921).

  2. 2

    Loewenthal, L. A., and Smith, C., Anat. Rec., 112, 1 (1952).

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  1. Cancer Research Laboratory, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Royal Melbourne Hospital P.O., Australia

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