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The blood vascular bed, perivascular space and intercellular space of the rat parathyroid gland were studied using scanning electron microscopy of vascular casts, freeze-cracked tissue samples, and NaOH-digested tissue blocks. The findings were supplemented by transmission light and electron microscopy of iron colloid-treated or enzyme-digested tissue sections. The rat parathyroid gland contained a rich network of capillaries. These capillaries were surrounded by marked pericapillary spaces which were demarcated by basal lamina of both capillaries and parenchymal cells. The pericapillary spaces contained numerous collagen fibrils, and issued many crista-like projections which ran deep into the sheets of parenchymal cells. The intercellular spaces of parenchymal cells contained neither basal lamina nor collagen fibrils. The surfaces of the parenchymal cells showed strong negative charging, and maintained the intercellular spaces. The luminal surfaces of the capillary endothelium also showed strong negative charging, and maintained the capillary lumen.
cationic and anionic iron colloid stainings
Acta Medica Okayama
Okayama University Medical School
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