argentaffin cell

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argentaffin cell

[är′jen·tə·fən ‚sel]
(histology)
Any of the cells of the gastrointestinal tract that are thought to secrete serotonin.
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The Masson-Fontana silver method for melanin resulted positive and the pigments manifested a strong argentaffin reaction.
All other normal tissues were negative, including adrenal gland, pancreas, and argentaffin cells found in the gastrointestinal tract.
Lewin, "A colonic adenocarcinoma with argentaffin cells.
These nodules are thought to arise from pericellular mucosal nerve plexuses, possibly owing to stimulation by argentaffin cells that had migrated from the crypts of Lieberkuhn.
The dusty melanin load is typically revealed using argentaffin stain procedures.
The argentaffin reaction due to Fontana-Masson staining was observed in the aortic valve leaflets, which confirmed the presence of massive melanin-like pigment in AKU aortic valve.
These cells can be classified as open or closed according to apical communication with the lumen (SANTOS; ZUCOLOTO, 1996); in argyrophillic and argentaffin cells by the capacity to retain and reduce silver salts (GRIMELIUS; WILANDER, 1980); and in hormone producing cells (insulin, secretin, somatostatin and others), principally based on the characteristics and content of their secretory granules (POLAK et al., 1993).
A modification of the Masson-Hamperl method for staining of argentaffin cells.
Elastic vascular sclerosis of mesenteric blood vessels in argentaffin carcinoma.
Intestinal-Type Endocervical Adenocarcinoma, Including Signet Ring Type.--Intestinal-type endocervical adenocarcinomas are rare tumors, predominantly composed of cells with an intestinal appearance, including goblet, argentaffin, and rarely, Paneth cells.
As with neuroendocrine tumors from other sites, the cells are positive for argentaffin and argyrophilic stains and show dense-core neurosecretory granules on ultrastructural examination.