Cytoplasmic deposits are usually transitory components of the cytoplasm, composed mainly of accumulated metabolites or other substances. The accumulated molecules occur in several forms, one of them being lipid droplets in adipose tissue, adrenal cortex cells, and liver cells (Figure 2–38). Carbohydrate accumulations are also visible in several cells in the form of glycogen. After impregnation with lead salts, glycogen appears as collections of electron-dense particles (Figure 2–39). Proteins are stored in glandular cells as secretory granules or secretory vesicles (Figure 2–29); under stimulation, these proteins are periodically released into the extracellular medium.