, Volume 128, Issue 2–3, pp 224–226 | Cite as

Myoendothelial junctions in blood vessels of a teleost (Prochilodus scrofa) pancreas and caeca

  • S. Ferri
  • N. Ferreira


Close contacts between endothelial and smooth muscle cells in teleost (Prochilodus scrofa) blood vessels are described for the first time in the present study. More frequently are seen finger-like, club-shaped or foot-like endothelial processes that come into close contact with the plasma membrane of a smooth muscle cell. Rarely, some myoendothelial contacts occur between the finger-like protrusions that arise from both the endothelial and from the smooth muscle cells. The functional significance of the myoendothelial connection is discussed.


Blood vessels Myoendothelial junctions Teleosts Ultrastructure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Ferri
    • 1
  • N. Ferreira
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Histologia, Instituto de Ciências BiomédicasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrasil
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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