Three types of elastic fibers have been described: mature elastic fibers, elaunin fibers, and oxytalan fibers. To our knowledge, their location in the immature epiphysis has never been previously reported. The aim of the present study was to use histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy to demonstrate the distribution of each type of elastic fiber in the epiphyseal region of growing humans and rabbits. Histological samples were collected from the knees of 10 immature New Zealand White rabbits and four children of various ages. The Weigert resorcin-fuchsin, Gomori aldehyde- fuchsin. Verhoeff iron haematoxylin, and Fullmer-Lillie methods were used for histochemistry: anti-elastin monoclonal antibodies, for immunohistochemistry: and tannic acid, uranyl acetate, and lead citrate stain, for transmission electron microscopy analysis. Elastic fibers were detected in the perichondrium, the epiphyseal vessels, and the outer and middle zones of Ranvier's groove. Their orientation was longitudinal in the outer zone and circumferential in the middle zone of the groove. Oxytalan fibrils (i.e., bundles of filaments of 10-12 nm in diameter that do not contain elastin) and elaunin fibers (i.e., filaments that cross discontinuous aggregates of elastin) were more plentiful in the middle zone and decreased with age, whereas mature fibers were more numerous in the outer zone and increased with age. This organization of elastic fibers seems to indicate an age-related process of maturation of the elastic network. The contribution of these fibers to the mechanical properties of the epiphyseal plate and to the growth process remains to be determined. Three types of elastic fibers have been described: mature elastic fibers, elaunin fibers, and oxytalan fibers. To our knowledge, their location in the immature epiphysis has never been previously reported. The aim of the present study was to use histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy to demonstrate the distribution of each type of elastic fiber in the epiphyseal region of growing humans and rabbits. Histological samples were collected from the knees of 10 immature New Zealand White rabbits and four children of various ages. The Weigert resorcin-fuchsin, Gomori aldehyde-fuchsin, Verhoeff iron haematoxylin, and Fullmer-Lillie methods were used for histochemistry; anti-elastin monoclonal antibodies, for immunohistochemistry; and tannic acid, uranyl acetate, and lead citrate stain, for transmission electron microscopy analysis. Elastic fibers were detected in the perichondrium, the epiphyseal vessels, and the outer and middle zones of Ranvier's groove. Their orientation was longitudinal in the outer zone and circumferential in the middle zone of the groove. Oxytalan fibrils (i.e., bundles of filaments of 10-12 nm in diameter that do not contain elastin) and elaunin fibers (i.e., filaments that cross discontinuous aggregates of elastin) were more plentiful in the middle zone and decreased with age, whereas mature fibers were more numerous in the outer zone and increased with age. This organization of elastic fibers seems to indicate an age-related process of maturation of the elastic network. The contribution of these fibers to the mechanical properties of the epiphyseal plate and to the growth process remains to be determined.

Distribution of elastic fiber types in the epiphyseal region

NORI, Stefania Lucia;
1996

Abstract

Three types of elastic fibers have been described: mature elastic fibers, elaunin fibers, and oxytalan fibers. To our knowledge, their location in the immature epiphysis has never been previously reported. The aim of the present study was to use histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy to demonstrate the distribution of each type of elastic fiber in the epiphyseal region of growing humans and rabbits. Histological samples were collected from the knees of 10 immature New Zealand White rabbits and four children of various ages. The Weigert resorcin-fuchsin, Gomori aldehyde- fuchsin. Verhoeff iron haematoxylin, and Fullmer-Lillie methods were used for histochemistry: anti-elastin monoclonal antibodies, for immunohistochemistry: and tannic acid, uranyl acetate, and lead citrate stain, for transmission electron microscopy analysis. Elastic fibers were detected in the perichondrium, the epiphyseal vessels, and the outer and middle zones of Ranvier's groove. Their orientation was longitudinal in the outer zone and circumferential in the middle zone of the groove. Oxytalan fibrils (i.e., bundles of filaments of 10-12 nm in diameter that do not contain elastin) and elaunin fibers (i.e., filaments that cross discontinuous aggregates of elastin) were more plentiful in the middle zone and decreased with age, whereas mature fibers were more numerous in the outer zone and increased with age. This organization of elastic fibers seems to indicate an age-related process of maturation of the elastic network. The contribution of these fibers to the mechanical properties of the epiphyseal plate and to the growth process remains to be determined. Three types of elastic fibers have been described: mature elastic fibers, elaunin fibers, and oxytalan fibers. To our knowledge, their location in the immature epiphysis has never been previously reported. The aim of the present study was to use histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy to demonstrate the distribution of each type of elastic fiber in the epiphyseal region of growing humans and rabbits. Histological samples were collected from the knees of 10 immature New Zealand White rabbits and four children of various ages. The Weigert resorcin-fuchsin, Gomori aldehyde-fuchsin, Verhoeff iron haematoxylin, and Fullmer-Lillie methods were used for histochemistry; anti-elastin monoclonal antibodies, for immunohistochemistry; and tannic acid, uranyl acetate, and lead citrate stain, for transmission electron microscopy analysis. Elastic fibers were detected in the perichondrium, the epiphyseal vessels, and the outer and middle zones of Ranvier's groove. Their orientation was longitudinal in the outer zone and circumferential in the middle zone of the groove. Oxytalan fibrils (i.e., bundles of filaments of 10-12 nm in diameter that do not contain elastin) and elaunin fibers (i.e., filaments that cross discontinuous aggregates of elastin) were more plentiful in the middle zone and decreased with age, whereas mature fibers were more numerous in the outer zone and increased with age. This organization of elastic fibers seems to indicate an age-related process of maturation of the elastic network. The contribution of these fibers to the mechanical properties of the epiphyseal plate and to the growth process remains to be determined.
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