dense-core granule

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dense-core granule

A round structure—“black” inside, “lighter” near the granule’s membrane—seen by electron microscopy which contains chromogranin and other proteins in various configurations. Dense-core granules serve as ultrastructural evidence of neuroendocrine differentiation.
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They are created and stored in containers called dense-core vesicles.
elegans has nerve cells that ordinarily secrete bioactive molecules contained within tiny membrane-wrapped bundles, called dense-core vesicles.
Although worms with downregulated secretion from dense-core vesicles are better at combating infection, they don't move well, which would probably prove lethal in the wild.