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Keywords:

  • ageing;
  • choroid plexus;
  • morphometry;
  • rat

Abstract

Choroid plexuses (CP) are intraventricular structures involved in the production of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and in the synthesis and transport of numerous CSF components. Age-related modifications of the CP structure are still ill defined. We performed an ultrastructural and morphometric study of ageing CP in nine Sprague–Dawley rats 6, 18 and 30 months of age. Epithelial cells of CP villi were cubic in shape at 6 months, more dome-like at 18 months, and significantly flattened at 30 months of age. Epithelial basement membranes were thin and regular at 6 months, significantly thicker at 18 months and thicker and irregular at 30 months. Intravillous stroma increased nonhomogeneously with age. The ageing of CP in rats is characterized morphologically by epithelial atrophy, irregular fibrosis of the stroma and a thickening of epithelial basement membranes. These modifications suggest an alteration of secretory and filtrating functions in ageing CP.