The purpose of the present study was to characterize ultrastructurally the nonolfactory nasal epithelium of a nonhuman primate, the bonnet monkey. Nasal cavities from eight subadult bonnet monkeys were processed for light microscopy, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Nonolfactory epithelium covered the majority of the nasal cavity and consisted of squamous (SE), transitional (TE), and respiratory epithelium (RE). Stratified SE covered septal and lateral walls of the nasal vestibule, while ciliated pseudostratified RE covered most of the remaining nasal cavity. Stratified, nonciliated TE was present between SE and RE in the anterior nasal cavity. This epithelium was distinct from the other epithelial populations in abundance and types of cells present. TE was composed of lumenal nonciliated cuboidal cells, goblet cells, small mucous granule (SMG) cells, and basal cells, while RE contained ciliated cells, goblet cells, SMG cells, basal cells, and cells with intracytoplasmic lumina lined by cilia and microvilli. TE and RE contained similar numbers of total epithelial cells and basal cells per millimeter of basal lamina. TE was composed of more SMG cells but fewer goblet cells compared to RE. We conclude that nonolfactory nasal epithelium in the bonnet monkey is complex with distinct regional epithelial populations which must be recognized before pathologic changes within this tissue can be assessed adequately.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||American Journal of Anatomy|
|State||Published - 1987|
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