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Anat Rec. 1995 Aug;242(4):562-5.

Pericyte-endothelial gap junctions in developing rat cerebral capillaries: a fine structural study.

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Department of Anatomy, Kawasaki Medical School, Okayama, Japan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Fine structural study revealed the intercellular coupling between the pericyte and the endothelial cells via the gap junctions, in the capillaries of the basal forebrain of rat embryos.

RESULTS:

Gap junctions were constructed by the adluminal plasmalemma of pericyte and the abluminal plasmalemma of endothelial cells.

CONCLUSIONS:

Gap junctions are membranous channels that directly join the cytoplasms of the pericyte and endothelial cell and imply some substantial role for the pericyte on the endothelial proliferation. It is postulated that the function of the pericyte in the prenatal mammals are assigned to the regulation of the development of cerebral microcirculation.

PMID:
7486026
DOI:
10.1002/ar.1092420412
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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