Method for morphophysiological study of specific pial microvessels

W. D. Dietrich, E. P. Wei, J. T. Povlishock, H. A. Kontos

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A method is described whereby specific segments of the pial vasculature of cats can be both physiologically and morphologically studied. This is accomplished by the insertion of a cranial window through which specific pial vessels can be visualized, illustrated, numbered in a simple sketch, and physiologically evaluated under both control and experimental conditions. Following these procedures, perfusion of aldehydes is initiated and the pia and associated vasculature are stripped from the cortical mantle. The thin velum of pia so obtained permits the direct visualization of the pial vasculature whose unchanged configuration can be matched to the appropriate previously sketched vessels whose individual physiological status is known. In turn these vessels are divided into alternate segments and are prepared for either scanning or transmission electron microscopy. The advantages of this methodology is exemplified by the fact that it provides the physiological status and morphological characteristics of the same microvascular segment. Although designed for the pial vasculature, this protocol may also prove of use in the study of other superficially coursing microvascular beds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H172-H175
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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