3D-ultrastructure, functions and stress responses of rhogocytes from the freshwater gastropods Biomphalaria glabrata and Lymnaea stagnalis

Maria Kokkinopoulou
Rhogocytes, also termed ‘pore cells’, exist free in the hemolymph or embedded in the connective tissue of different body parts of molluscs, notably gastropods. These unique cells can be round, elongated or irregularly shaped, and up to 30 μm in diameter. Their hallmark is the so-called slit apparatus: i.e. pocket-like invaginations of the plasma membrane creating extracellular lacunae, bridged by cytoplasmic bars. These bars form distinctive slits of ca. 20 nm width. A slit diaphragm...
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