Specimen Nr. 08


Sciatic nerve (Rat)





Important structures :

3.Endoneurium (with fibrocyte slice)
4.Collagen fibrils (sliced longitudinal)
5.Collagen fibrils (cross section)
6.Fibrocyte (cell body)
7.Cell process (fibrocyte)
Das Epineurium ist ein Beispiel für straffes Bindegewebe, das eine regelmäßige Bündelung und parallele Anordnung der kollagenen Fibrillen aufweist. Die einzelnen Fibrillenbündel sind längs, quer oder schräg getroffen. Zwischen den Fibrillenbündeln sind Anschnitte der Zellkörper oder den sehr dünnen längsverlaufenden Zellfortsätze der Fibrozyten zu sehen. Im Bereich des Perineuriums liegen mehrere schmale, längliche Fibrozyten zwiebelschalenähnlich hintereinander, jeweils durch kollagene Fibrillen getrennt. Das Endoneurium, das locker angeordnete, kollagene Fibrillen und Fibrozytenanschnitte zeigt, grenzt in diesem Bildausschnitt an ein längs geschnittenes, myelinisiertes Axon.


Endoneurium (with fibrocyte slice)
Collagen fibrils (sliced longitudinal)
Collagen fibrils (cross section)
Fibrocyte (cell body)
Cell process (fibrocyte)

Collagen fibre[sl]

1. Collagen fibre
2. Bundle of collagen fibres
3. Microfibrils

Transmission electron microscope (TEM)

The sections for examination under the transmission electron microscope are about 0.1µm thick. They are referred to as ultra-thin sections.

To obtain such ultra-thin sections, the tissues are embedded in plastic polymers like epon (instead of paraffin, which is used for examination under the light microscope) after fixation and dehydration. Ultra-thin sections are not stained with dyes, but contrasted with heavy-metal salts. The heavy-metal salts lead to a different electron scatter and thereby create a differentiated blackening of the photographic negative. A common method of creating contrast results with 5% uranyl acetate and lead citrate.

Endoneurium (with fibrocyte slice)
Collagen fibrils (sliced longitudinal)
Collagen fibrils (sliced longitudinal)
Collagen fibrils (cross section)
Fibrocyte (cell body)
Cell process (fibrocyte)
Cell process (fibrocyte)

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