The thinnest areas of the capillaries of the choroid plexus and ciliary processes in the eye of the rabbit are characterized by the presence of fenestrae. When various colloidal particles opaque to the electron beam (thorotrast, gold sol, and saccharated iron oxide) were injected into the blood stream, none were found in fenestrae or in areas that might suggest their having passed through fenestrae. The passage of marker particles from the lumen to the surrounding connective tissue does take place on occasion in the areas of thicker walls in the capillaries and venules rather than in the attenuated and fenestrated endothelial walls. The pathway taken by these markers may be either through the cytoplasm of the endothelial cells via membrane-bounded vesicles and vacuoles or through the intercellular spaces of the vessels. An altered aqueous humor (cloudy and plasmoid) was produced by endotoxin injection or by making a draining fistula in rabbit cornea. Both methods gave rise to the same changes in the blood vessels of the ciliary processes. Under such conditions of inflammation the passage of colloidal particles through the thicker walls of the capillaries and venules was greatly increased and occurred primarily as an intercellular passage between the endothelial cells. The attenuated and fenestrated areas of the endothelium of the small capillaries remained unchanged with no particles passing through them. These results on the altered vessels of the ciliary processes parallel those of Majno and Palade (26) on the rat cremaster muscle.
AN ELECTRON MICROSCOPIC STUDY OF THE PASSAGE OF COLLOIDAL PARTICLES FROM THE BLOOD VESSELS OF THE CILIARY PROCESSES AND CHOROID PLEXUS OF THE RABBIT
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George D. Pappas, Virginia M. Tennyson; AN ELECTRON MICROSCOPIC STUDY OF THE PASSAGE OF COLLOIDAL PARTICLES FROM THE BLOOD VESSELS OF THE CILIARY PROCESSES AND CHOROID PLEXUS OF THE RABBIT . J Cell Biol 1 November 1962; 15 (2): 227–239. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.15.2.227
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