2005
DOI: 10.1007/s00441-005-0015-1 View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: The ascidian endostyle is a mucus-secreting pharyngeal organ, it has iodine-concentrating activity and the biosynthesis of thyroid hormones has been well documented. According to our recent findings, ascidians possess thyroid hormones, which are localized in mesenchymal cells. We have studied the presence and localization of L: -thyroxine (T(4)) in Ascidia malaca (Traustedt), Ascidiella aspersa (Müller), Phallusia mamillata (Cuvier) and Ciona intestinalis (Linnaeus) larvae and its involvement in metamorphosis.… Show more

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