The ultrastructure of the ependyma in the central canal of adult cats was examined in both the scanning and the transmission electron microscopes (SEM and TEM).
The same morphological details were seen in the ependyma of the central canal as have so frequently been described in the ependyma of the brain ventricular system, for example bundles of cilia, single cilia, microvilli and occasional small cytoplasmic protrusions. The supraependymal cells and supraependymal nerve fibers found in the central canal also resembled those seen in the ventricular system.
The most striking feature of the canal ependyma were the large, spherical bodies containing numerous mitochondria. They are therefore called mitochondria-containing bulbs. In sections the bulbs were seen to be connected by long, slender stalks to neurons in subependymal position. In some respects the mitochondria-containing bulbs resemble the processes of cerebrospinal fluid-contacting neurons.
Rascher, K.; Booz, K. H.; Nacimiento, A. C.; and Donauer, E.
"The Ependyma of the Cat Central Canal, with Particular Reference to its Mitochondria-Containing Bulbs,"
Scanning Electron Microscopy: Vol. 1985
, Article 24.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/electron/vol1985/iss1/24