The Histochemical Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp 785–794 | Cite as

Evidence for collagen molecular orientation in basement membranes

  • L. C. U. Junqueira
  • G. S. Montes
  • O. M. S. Toledo
  • S. R. R. Bexiga
  • M. A. Gordilho
  • R. R. Brentani
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Summary

The following basement membranes (BMs) from representative species of the main vertebrate classes were studied by the Picrosirius-polarization method: lens capsule, Reichert's membrane and glomerular BMs. A distinct birefringence was consistently observed in all BMs from all species studied by this method. The results reported provide a strong evidence for collagen macromolecular orientation in BMs. Heparitin sulphate was the only glycosaminoglycan detected in dog lens capsules.

Keywords

Collagen Sulphate Strong Evidence Basement Membrane Glycosaminoglycan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. C. U. Junqueira
    • 1
  • G. S. Montes
    • 1
  • O. M. S. Toledo
    • 1
  • S. R. R. Bexiga
    • 1
  • M. A. Gordilho
    • 1
  • R. R. Brentani
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratories for Cell Biology and Experimental OncologyUniversity of São Paulo School of MedicineSão PauloBrazil

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