The relationships between germinal bodies and mitochondria were studied in the holothurian Apostichopus japonicus and the flounder Pleuronectes asper using TEM. In the gonial cells of both species the mitochondria are arranged around germinal bodies and are in contact with the latter. A gradual disappearance of the outer membrane is found in the mitochondria that interact with the germinal substance. Later on, dispersion of the globules of the mitochondrial matrix containing mitochondrial cristae occurs. It is supposed that the substance of the mitochondrial matrix takes part in the development and functioning of the germinal plasm in both invertebrates and vertebrates.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 18, 2004
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