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Am J Physiol. 1995 Mar;268(3 Pt 2):H1215-22.

Functional capillary organization in striated muscle.

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  • 1Department of Biophysics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, New York 14642.

Abstract

In striated muscle, capillaries occur as independent network groups. Network architecture was quantitated in cremaster muscle of pentobarbital sodium-anesthetized hamsters in three age groups [51 +/- 1 (SE), 65 +/- 1, and 79 +/- 1 days old]. We observed that networks consist of independent subgroups of capillaries, called modules. Module architecture did not vary significantly with age during maximal dilation (Max, 10(-4) M adenosine): tissue area (A) = 1.87 +/- 0.16, 1.19 +/- 0.13, and 1.81 +/- 0.3 x 10(5) microns 2; total segment length (sigma L) = 3.07 +/- 0.23, 2.15 +/- 0.21, and 3.02 +/- 0.45 x 10(3) microns; and segment number (N) = 14.5 +/- 1.1, 9.9 +/- 1.1, and 12.6 +/- 1.6, at ages 51, 65, and 79 days, respectively. Max module architecture was not different at 65 days of age at a second site of known higher O2 inflow: A = 2.03 +/- 0.32 x 10(5) microns 2; sigma L = 3.07 +/- 0.47 x 10(3) microns; and N = 13.1 +/- 2.1. During control conditions (Rest) there was also no significant difference with age: A = 1.68 +/- 0.18, 1.15 +/- 0.19, and 1.64 +/- 0.24 x 10(5) microns 2; sigma L = 2.31 +/- 0.23, 1.91 +/- 0.33, and 2.82 +/- 0.37 x 10(3) microns; N = 10.2 +/- 1.0, 7.8 +/- 1.3, and 11.0 +/- 1.4, at ages 51, 65, and 79 days, respectively.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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