Reference : Developmental changes in interstitial collagens of fetal rat genital ducts
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Life sciences : Biochemistry, biophysics & molecular biology
Developmental changes in interstitial collagens of fetal rat genital ducts
Paranko, J. [ > > ]
Foidart, Jean-Michel mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cliniques > Gynécologie - Obstétrique >]
Pelliniemi, L. J. [ > > ]
Developmental Biology
Academic Press
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[en] The distribution of interstitial collagen types I and III was studied by immunocytochemistry in the mesenchyme of progressing and regressing mesonephric and paramesonephric ducts of male and female rat fetuses from the age of 15 days until birth. Immunocytochemistry revealed a collagen-poor mesenchymal area around the genital ducts and in continuation with the coelomic epithelium on the lateral edge of the mesonephric ridge of 15-day-old fetuses. Ultrastructurally, collagen fibrils were accumulated along the continuous lamina densa of the mesonephric ducts, whereas they were absent on the medial side of the male and female paramesonephric ducts. In males, the amount of collagen fibrils increased with the histological maturation of the mesenchyme around the mesonephric duct, whereas around the regressing paramesonephric duct collagens disappeared from the basement membrane region and the surrounding mesenchyme of the 16-day-old male duct. After the completion of the paramesonephric regression, the mesenchyme acquired a uniformly collagen containing interstitial matrix. In females, the collagens increased in the mesenchyme around the progressing paramesonephric duct, and the original site of the regressing mesonephric duct became occupied with a collagen-containing mesenchyme by the age of 19 days. The results suggest a close structural linkage between the mesonephric duct and the established early paramesonephric duct. The differences in the developmental maturation of the periductal mesenchyme and the observed changes in the composition of the interstitial matrix probably reflect the functional differences in the regulatory factors acting on the progression and regression of the male and female genital ducts.

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