The budding of small vesicles from the rough‐surfaced endoplasmic reticulum (rER) was examined in the secretory ameloblast of rat molar tooth germs by ordinary fixation or prolonged osmium fixation. The budding of small vesicles from the rER was observed not only at the special region (transitional region) of the rER system, which abutted on the cis‐face of the Golgi apparatus, but also at other regions of the rER in the secretory ameloblast. Small vesicles (presumed to be transitional vesicles) were adjacent to the rER, which also showed budding of vesicles. After prolonged osmium treatment, osmium deposits appeared in small vesicles, as well as in the cisternae of the cis saccule of the Golgi apparatus. Small vesicles containing osmium deposits were located at various regions of the cell, including the cis‐face of the Golgi apparatus. These findings indicate that the budding of small vesicles from the rER is not restricted to the transitional region of the rER system of the secretory ameloblast, but is found at various regions of the cell. This indicates that newly synthesized proteins may be transferred from the rER cisternae to the transitional vesicles not only in the transitional region of the rER system adjacent to the Golgi apparatus, but also in other regions of the secretory ameloblast.
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