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Plate 3.37: Reticular Fibers


Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Plate 3.37: Reticular Fibers

Rhesus monkey, Wilder's* method, 612 x.

Reticular fibers: Reticular fibers branch and anastomose in a delicate fibrous network delineating the sinusoids. They are of small diameter and are resistant to dyes, making them difficult to demonstrate except by special techniques such as the method used in this preparation.

Binucleate liver cells: These are polyhedral cells with centrally placed nuclei and prominent nucleoli. Occasionally, they are multinucleate.

Sinusoids: Sinusoids constitute the intralobular system of specialized vascular channels. They carry blood from interlobular branches of the portal vein centripetally to the central vein. They anastomose and separate adjacent hepatic cellular plates.

Central vein: This is located in the center of the hepatic lobule. It is the smallest radicle of hepatic veins and receives the contents of all the sinusoids of the hepatic lobule.

Red blood cells: Filling the central vein, they carry oxygen to the hepatic cells and remove carbon dioxide. The red blood cell is approximately 6 µm in diameter and can be used as a rough internal measure.

*Wilder, a twentieth-century American scientist.

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