The primary cilium of telocytes in the vasculature: electron microscope imaging.
Bottom Line: Interestingly, telocytes have been recently found in the epicardium, myocardium, endocardium, human term placenta, duodenal lamina propria and pleura.Also, we demonstrated the first evidence of a primary cilium in telocytes.Several functions have been proposed for these cells.
Affiliation: Department of Human Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain. email@example.comShow MeSH
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Mentions: Using electron microscopy, we observed that telocytes have been clearly found in the loose connective tissue surrounding the arterioles, venules and capillaries. Telocytes associated with the vasculature were morphologically similar to those previously found in other locations. In arterioles, the telocytes often send telopodes bordering the tunica adventitia (Fig. 3A). The adjacent telopodes may establish junctional complexes (Fig. 3B) and show small dilatations (podoms) that accommodate rough endoplasmic reticulum (Fig. 3C). In relation to venules and capillaries, the telocytes were located parallel with the longitudinal axis of the smooth muscle cells of the vessel wall (Fig. 4A and B, respectively). Also, the telopodes can form a wide network around the blood vessels (Fig. 4C).
Affiliation: Department of Human Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain. firstname.lastname@example.org