Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 202, Issue 3, pp 453–460 | Cite as

The collagen of the vertebrate peripheral nervous system

  • L. C. U. Junqueira
  • G. S. Montes
  • R. M. Krisztán


Nerves and ganglia from a variety of fish, amphibian, reptilian and mammalian species were studied by optical and electron microscopy. Observations using the Picrosirius-polarization method strongly suggest that two different types of collagen fibers are present in the connective tissues of nerves and ganglia. Electron microscopy of nerves and ganglia showed the presence of two different collagen fibril populations, distinguishable on the basis of diameter, located in different compartments of these structures. Thicker fibrils are present in nerve and ganglionic epineurium. Thinner fibrils are present in the endoneurium, surrounding nerve fibers and ganglionic cells, and between the concentric layers of perineurial cells. These results were consistently observed in all species studied and very probably represent a general phenomenon in vertebrates.

Key words

Collagen Nerves Ganglia Ultrastructure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. C. U. Junqueira
    • 1
  • G. S. Montes
    • 1
  • R. M. Krisztán
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratórios de Biologia Celular e Reumatologia, Faculdade de MedicinaUniversidade de São PauloBrasil

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