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Gliocyte and synapse analyses in cerebral ganglia of the Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis: ultrastructural study

H. Zhang, P. Yu, S. Zhong, T. Ge, S. Peng, Z. Zhou, X. Guo
  • P. Yu
    Jiangxi Agricultural University, China
  • S. Zhong
    Jiangxi Agricultural University, China
  • T. Ge
    Jiangxi Agricultural University, China
  • S. Peng
    Jiangxi Agricultural University, China
  • Z. Zhou
    Jiangxi Agricultural University, China
  • X. Guo
    Jiangxi Agricultural University, China


The Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis is an economically important aquatic species in China. Many studies on gene structure, breeding, and diseases of the crab have been reported. However, knowledge about the organization of the nerve system of the crab remains largely unknown. To study the ultrastructure of the cerebral ganglia of E. sinensis and to compare the histological findings regarding the nerve systems of crustaceans, the cerebral ganglia were observed by transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that four types of gliocytes, including type I, II, III, and IV gliocytes were located in the cerebral ganglia. In addition, three types of synapses were present in the cerebral ganglia, including unidirectional synapses, bidirectional synapses, and combined type synapses. 


Chinese mitten crab; cerebral ganglia; ultrastructure; gliocytes; synapses.

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Submitted: 2016-04-07 05:13:29
Published: 2016-08-10 13:51:58
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