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Hepatology. 2001 Feb;33(2):363-78.

Sinusoidal ultrastructure evaluated during the revascularization of regenerating rat liver.

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  • 1Cell Biology and Physiology, Center for Biologic Imaging, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.

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  • Hepatology 2001 Apr;33(4):1016.

Abstract

Sinusoidal endothelial cell (SEC) porosities were compared between the periportal (zone 1) and pericentral (zone 3) regions of the rat liver during regeneration following partial hepatectomy (PHx). SEC porosities and fenestration diameters were measured in control livers, as well as at 5 minutes, 24, 48, 72, 96, 120 hours, and 14 days following PHx. Bimodal maximums in both porosity and fenestration diameters were observed in both zones at 5 minutes and 5 days following PHx. SEC porosities increased significantly in both zones 1 and 3 within 5 minutes following PHx, but the increase was maintained only in zone 1 at 24 hours after resection. Following the initial rise, both zones displayed a gradual decrease to less than half their porosity values at 72 hr post-PHx. After 72 hours, porosities increased to over control levels and remained elevated until 14 days after PHx. The decrease in porosity at 72 hr post-PHx is accompanied by ultrastructural changes within the sinusoid at this time. Vascular corrosion casting and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show sinusoid compression resulting from increased hepatic plate widths due to hepatocyte proliferation in the absence of SEC proliferation. Also at this time, we observed many SEC completely enveloped by stellate cells. The zonal variations observed for porosities throughout regeneration did not correlate with changes in laminin, collagen I and IV, or fibronectin deposition within the space of Disse. Taken together, the data reveal that SEC are dynamic regulators of porosity that respond rapidly and locally to environmental zonal stimuli during liver regeneration.

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