Post-Natal Growth in the Rat Pineal Gland: A Stereological Study

Erbagci H., Kizilkan N., Ozbag D. , Erkilic S., Kervancioglu P., Canan S., ...Daha Fazla

ANATOMIA HISTOLOGIA EMBRYOLOGIA, cilt.41, ss.353-357, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 41 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1439-0264.2012.01144.x
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.353-357


The purpose was to observe the changes in a rat pineal gland using stereological techniques during lactation and post-weaning periods. Thirty Wistar albino rats were studied during different post-natal periods using light microscopy. Pineal gland volume was estimated using the Cavalieri Method. Additionally, the total number of pinealocytes was estimated using the optical fractionator technique. Pineal gland volume displayed statistically significant changes between lactation and after weaning periods. A significant increase in pineal gland volume was observed from post-natal day 10 to post-natal day 90. The numerical density of pinealocytes became stabilized during lactation and decreased rapidly after weaning. However, the total number of pinealocytes continuously increased during post-natal life of all rats in the study. However, this increment was not statistically significant when comparing the lactation and after weaning periods. The increase in post-natal pineal gland volume may depend on increment of immunoreactive fibres, capsule thickness or new synaptic bodies.