[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present here findings obtained on a large number of human tissues over a period of more than ten years, by our modification of the Osmium maceration method for high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM). Data are documented by original pictures which illustrate both some 3-D intracellular features not previously shown in human tissues, and results obtained in our current studies on mitochondrial morphology and on the secretory process of salivary glands. We have demonstrated that mitochondria of cells of practically all human tissues and organs have usually tubular cristae, and that even the cristae that look lamellar are joined to the inner mitochondrial membrane by tubular connexions similar to the crista junctions later seen by electron tomography. Concerning salivary glands an important result is the development of a morphometric method that allows the quantitative evaluation of the secretory events.
Full-text · Article · Feb 2007 · European journal of histochemistry: EJH