Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Circulation. 1993 Apr;87(4):1306-19.

Development of the pharyngeal arch system related to the pulmonary and bronchial vessels in the avian embryo. With a concept on systemic-pulmonary collateral artery formation.

Author information

  • 1Department of Anatomy and Embryology, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.



The literature is ambiguous as to the question of the developmental background of systemic-pulmonary collateral arteries. These are found in combination with various congenital heart malformations such as pulmonary atresia. From a clinical point of view, it is of interest to know whether we are dealing with the persistence of transient embryological vessels such as ventral segmental arteries or parts of pharyngeal arch arteries or with the prenatal or postnatal recruitment of the bronchial vasculature that normally supplies the lung. This study of the embryology of the extrapulmonary and intrapulmonary vasculature aims at a better understanding of the variations in origin, course, branching pattern, and histology of collateral arteries.


Serial sections of quail embryos ranging between stage HH11 and stage HH28 were incubated with a monoclonal antibody (alpha MB1) against endothelial cells and their precursors. Additional series of chick embryos were injected with india ink to study the lumenized vascular patterns. A splanchnic plexus consisting of endothelial cells and precursors is present around the foregut before the lung buds develop. This plexus expands and gives rise to the pharyngeal arch arteries, the ventral pharyngeal veins, the pulmonary vessels, and the bronchial vessels, including the intrapulmonary vessel network. During two subsequent periods, the splanchnic plexus is transiently connected to the systemic arteries and veins. The bronchial arteries and veins develop in the second period from these transient vessels. The expansion and extension of the splanchnic plexus to many organs during the formation of the bronchial vessels explains the varying course and branching pattern of the bronchial vasculature.


These results show that we are not dealing with two or more individual vascular systems that contribute to the developing vessels of the lungs but with one vascular plexus that normally gives rise to the pulmonary and bronchial vasculature but has the potential to give rise to other systemic-pulmonary connections.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk