Particulate iron was found within the trophocytes of the fat body of the adult honey-bee. These iron granules differed in their structure and composition from iron granules found in other biological systems. The granules had an average diameter of 0.32 +/− 0.07 micron and were composed of iron, calcium and phosphorus in a non-crystalline arrangement. The granules were apparently randomly distributed within the cytoplasm of the cells, and were not associated with any particular cellular organelle. Electron microscopy revealed the presence of cell junctions between the trophocytes. In tissues treated with colloidal lanthanum, 20-nm gaps were seen between the outer leaflets of the cells forming the cell junction. Physiological studies showed that these cells are electrically coupled, but the coupling ratio is low, as a result of extensive coupling to many cells.

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