Abstract The expression of the cytoskeletal filaments vimentin and GFAP has been analyzed by immunocytochemical techniques in endothelial cells, pericytes, and astrocyte perivascular endfeet of microvessels of chicken optic tectum and cerebellum during embryonic development and in adulthood. Endothelial cells and pericytes were characterized by strong vimentin-immunoreactivity in both tectum and cerebellum only in early developmental stages (11-15 incubation days, i.d.). Astrocyte processes closely associated with the vessel wall were vimentin stained in the 11 i.d. cerebellum and vimentin-and GFAP-reactive in 15 i.d. tectum. These perivascular endfeet became GFAP-immuno-stained in the tectum and cerebellum by the 21st i.d. The results indicate that intermediate filament expression in the cells of the brain microvasculature is developmentally regulated, and suggest that the vimentin to GFAP transition in perivascular astrocytes parallels the vessel wall maturation.
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|Titolo:||Vimentin- and GFAP-immunoreactivity in developing and mature neural microvessels. Study in the chicken tectum and cerebellum|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1993|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|