In vivo microscopy of the cerebral microcirculation using neonatal allografts in hamsters.
Studies were performed to characterize the morphology and vascular reactivity of the allografted cerebral microcirculation. Cerebral cortical tissue was allografted into the cheek pouch of the hamster so that cerebral parenchymal vessels could be studied. The vascular morphology was characterized by a large number of looping vessels. The ultrastructural examination indicated viable cerebral tissue containing typical vessels, that is, "tight" junctions, not like those of the cheek pouch. Also, the microvasculature was impermeable to 150, 70, and 20 kDa fluorescein isothiocyanate dextrans. Angiotensin II and norepinephrine caused constriction of the cerebral vessels whereas adenosine caused dilation. Isoproterenol did not affect cerebral arterioles; however, it dilated cheek pouch arterioles. Thus, this preparation provides a satisfactory model for studying the living cerebral microcirculation.
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