Does anybody recognize this picture and can tell me what organ it came from? enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ just in case this is homework.. meta.biology.stackexchange.com/questions/266/… $\endgroup$ – rg255 Sep 24 '14 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ This is not homework. I am creating a software system which will be used in biologic research. This is one of the pictures I might be using in the design, possibly as some sort of background. I am genuinely curious what the pretty daisy-like cells (or multi-cell structures?) are :) and also want to know more about it so I can search for similar images. $\endgroup$ – Rumi P. Sep 24 '14 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ ok - just wanted to check (this is the sort of thing that gets posted a lot from students looking for a quick answer). It's a nice image, good luck $\endgroup$ – rg255 Sep 24 '14 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ See Wheater's Functional Histology p. 283 Fig. 14.29e $\endgroup$ – user9502 Sep 25 '14 at 15:55

Update 3: Credit should go to @Cornelius and @DMSever for initially identifying the tissue correctly. I incorporated D M Sever's answer into mine (Update 2,below) because his answer is being down voted for brevity, but he is a recognized authority in the field. I'll remove his answer from mine if his answer ends up being retained.

I showed this question to my histological colleague. He suggested that the tissue is most likely a submucosal gland from either the duodenum (Brunner's glands) or the esophagus. My colleague also said that your image is quite similar to submucosal glands in the large intestine but the presence of smooth muscle surrounding the glands eliminates the large intestine.

Update 1: My histological colleague forwarded your question to one of his histological colleagues. He too said Brunner's gland.

Update 2: My histological colleague forwarded your question to his most trusted histological colleague. He said colon, specifically the transverse sections through Crypts of Lieberkuhn. He then signed on as @DMSever and posted a brief but authoritative answer. He's a veteran of histological affairs.

Here's a photo of Brunner's glands in the duodenum, taken from here.

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Here's a photo of the esophageal submucosal glands, taken from here.

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  • $\begingroup$ I know it is your colleague who delivered the final identification, but you are the one who went to the trouble to ask two other people on my behalf, so I give you the accepted answer. I hope your colleague doesn't mind. $\endgroup$ – Rumi P. Sep 29 '14 at 9:34

I'm not really sure, but it seems like a cross section of intestinal villi / intestinal glands from the large intestine.

Here are some images:

And this is one image from the last link:

Crypts of Lieberkühn - (intestinal gland, intestinal crypt) [...] Transverse enter image description here

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It is from the Colon - transverse sections through crypts of Lieberkuhn seen there.

For references see:

Wheater's Functional Histology p. 283 Fig. 14.29e

UNSW Embryology.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE. DS said you mentioned a particular text. Would you mind editing your answer to include that reference? Answers on Biology.SE are considered stronger answers with references. Not everyone here will know of your expertise in the field. $\endgroup$ – Michael S Taylor Sep 24 '14 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ Can you please expand your answer with some references? Actually it is more a comment. $\endgroup$ – Chris Sep 24 '14 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ I think the special "warning" should be removed now. This answer basically contains the same information as the top voted answer minus links to images, and names the specific structure seen in the picture. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Sep 25 '14 at 22:15

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