Endocrine cells in atresic chick embryo intestine: histochemical and immunohistochemical study


Intestinal motility disorders are an important problem in the postoperative management of patients with intestinal atresia. Intestinal motility could be initiated by luminal factors that activate intrinsic and extrinsic primary afferent nerves involved in the peristaltic reflex. Endocrine cells act as a key point, because they transfer information regarding the intestinal contents and intraluminal pressure to nerve fibers lying in close proximity to the basolateral surface of the epithelium. In chick embryo, experimental intestinal atresia is associated with disorders in the development of the enteric nervous system, related to the severity of intestinal dilation. Our aim was to investigate the distribution pattern of endocrine cells in the developing endocrine system of chick embryo small intestine with experimentally-induced atresia on day 12 and on day 16. Changes in enteroendocrine population were examined in gut specimens (excised proximal and distal to the atresia) from experimental embryos 19 days old and in control sham-operated chick embryos at the same age. Sections from proximal and distal bowel and control bowel were stained with Grimelius silver stain, a valuable histochemical method for detecting the argyrophil and argentophilic cells, and with an immunohistochemical procedure for detecting serotonin and neurotensin immunoreactive cells. In chick embryo proximal bowel, intestinal dilation differed in the various embryos. We found significantly higher enteroendocrine cell counts in proximal bowel than in distal and control bowel. The differences depended on the precociousness of surgery and the severity of dilation. Considering the major contribution of enteroendocrine cells to the peristaltic reflex, our data may help to explain the pathogenesis of motility disorders related to intestinal atresia.


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Vaccaro, R., Parisi Salvi, E., Nofroni, I., D’EsteI., Baglaj, S., & Renda, T. (2009). Endocrine cells in atresic chick embryo intestine: histochemical and immunohistochemical study. European Journal of Histochemistry, 53(3), e17. https://doi.org/10.4081/ejh.2009.e17

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