Ultrastructure of the blood vessels in the harderian gland of the hamster (mesocricetus auratus): Existence of sinusoids

A. Menendez‐Pelaez, D. Tolivia, M. J. Rodriguez‐Colunga, R. J. Reiter

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Abstract

The Harderian gland blood supply of female and male hamsters was studied using light and electron microscopy. A profuse vascularization surrounding secretory acini was observed. Among the blood vessels, the existence of large and irregular sinusoidal capillaries was apparent. These sinusoids appeared in close association to the basal aspect of the secretory cells. Typical, small, fenestrated capillaries were also observed within the connective tissue. The existence of this particular vascularization together with other morphological features of the secretory cell basal pole suggest a possible endocrine function of these orbital glands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Morphology
Volume204
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Developmental Biology

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