The fine structure of ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus was studied in the rat with the electron microscope under circumstances of elevated brain monoamine level following treatment with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor Nialamid. The number of granular vesicles (size in diameter 450-1100 Å) in synaptic terminals increased after Nialamid treatment significantly, while their size did not change; the number of agranular vesicles remained unchanged. The time courses of the increase of granular vesicles and elevation of brain noradrenaline content were approximately parallel. It is inferred that the granular vesicles of size 450 to 1100 Å may possibly be the storage sites of noradrenaline.
- Granular vesicles
- Ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus
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