The Structure of Different Types of Liver Cells in Relation to Uptake and Exchange Processes

  • Albert Geerts
  • Luc Bouwens
  • Ronald De Zanger
  • Hans Van Bossuyt
  • Eddie Wisse
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 155)


The structural unit of the liver is classically named the liver lobule and is defined as a unit of parenchymal tissue characterized by peripheral branches of the portal vein and hepatic artery, and by a centrilobular branch of the hepatic vein, i.e. the central vein. The blood enters the lobule via the portal tracts through sinusoidal inlets and, after interaction with the parenchymal tissue during passage through the hepatic sinusoids, leaves the lobule through the central veins [Wisse and De Leeuw, 1984].


Parenchymal Cell Kupffer Cell Sinusoidal Endothelial Cell Large Granular Lymphocyte Hepatic Sinusoid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Geerts
    • 1
  • Luc Bouwens
    • 1
  • Ronald De Zanger
    • 1
  • Hans Van Bossuyt
    • 1
  • Eddie Wisse
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Cell Biology and HistologyFree University Brussels (V.U.B.)Brussels-JetteBelgium

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