Morphologic study of the pineal gland of the dog

Lucas Alécio Gomes, Irvênia Luiza de Santis Prada, Eduardo Cunha Farias, Jakeline Paola Zanon, Selwyn Arlington Headley, Francisco Xavier Hernandez Blazquez

Abstract


Following the discovery of the melatonin by Lerner et al. (1958), new research and perspectives were developed in order to improve the knowledge regarding the pineal gland. This hormone is not only related to the circadian control but also influences other behavioral functions such as the reproductive cycle and thermoregulation. In this study the morphology of the pineal gland (epiphysis cerebri) from 20 dogs were analyzed by means of macroscopic and microscopic evaluation. The shape of the gland ranged from conic to “tongue-like shape” (in relation to human tongue). The gland color ranged from beige to gray-brownish and it had a gelatinous consistency. The width and length of the glands ranged from 1.38 to 2.39 mm and 1.53 to 2.96 mm, respectively. Capsule, septa, pinealocytes, glial cells and pigment granules were microscopically found in all glands. No calcareous concretions were observed.


Keywords


Dog; Pineal; Pinealocytes; Glial cells; Macroscopic; Microscopy.



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5433/1679-0359.2008v29n1p137

Semina: Ciênc. Agrár.
Londrina - PR
E-ISSN 1679-0359
DOI: 10.5433/1679-0359
E-mail: semina.agrarias@uel.br
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