Hua Li and Shanshan Lu contributed equally to this work.
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Scanning electron microscope evidence of telocytes in vasculature
Article first published online: 10 JUN 2014
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Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Volume 18, Issue 7, pages 1486–1489, July 2014
How to Cite
Li, H., Lu, S., Liu, H., Ge, J. and Zhang, H. (2014), Scanning electron microscope evidence of telocytes in vasculature. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, 18: 1486–1489. doi: 10.1111/jcmm.12333
- Issue published online: 30 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 10 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Received: 16 APR 2014
- scanning electron microscopy;
Here, we here present scanning electron microscope data for the existent telocytes (TCs) on the endothelial surface of the wall of pig coronary arteries, internal thoracic arteries and carotid arteries. These cells have a small (8.39 ± 1.97 μm/4.95 ± 0.91 μm) cell body of different shapes (from round to triangular, depending on the number of cellular prolongations) with very long (of about 30 μm) and thin cellular processes called telopodes (Tps), which have uneven calibre. The number of Tps ranges between 2 and 6. Tps typically present the alternation of podoms and podomers, and also have a dichotomic branching pattern. These data could influence the current attempts for elucidating the role(s) of TCs.