Estimation of thyroid gland activity in the snell dwarf mouse by ultrastructural observation of thethyroid gland, measurement of plasma thyroxine concentration and thyroid hormone binding capacity

Effie Howe, Christopher Howe, Irina Pollard

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Abstract

An ultrastructural study of the thyroid gland of the Snell dwarf mouse showed cellular activity to be very low. Follicle cell diameters were significantly lower than in controls whilst the nucleocytoplasmic ratio was significantly higher. The observed cellular activity of the thyroid cells was associated with the circulating levels of thyroxine which were found to be significantly lower than in controls. Measurement of the free thyroxine index showed very little free hormone available for tissue uptake. No differences in thyroid function due to age or sex in the dwarf mice were seen. Possible endocrine imbalances contributing to the low thyroid activity in the Snell dwarf mouse are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-478
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian journal of biological sciences
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1980

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