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Blood supply to the retina and the lens in the gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12680468     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The blood supply to the retina and the lens in 32 gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) of both sexes from infancy to maturity was studied under light and stereoscopic microscopes, and a scanning electron microscope. Mercox (CL-2R; Dai Nippon Ink, Tokyo, Japan) was injected into the left ventricle of 30 animals in order to visualize the blood supply to the retina and the lens from the ophthalmic artery. The central retinal artery arises from the ophthalmic artery, passes through the papilla of the optic nerve together with the central retinal vein and penetrates the vitreous space (cavity of the eye) between the lens and the internal limiting membrane of the retina, where it divides into the central branches covering the lens and the parietal branches to supply the retina. The former passes through the hyaloid space after branching several arterioles and then covers the lens like a network from its medial and marginal sides. Different from small experimental animals, the parietal branches, just after separating from the central one, divides into the nasal, dorsal and temporal branches in the vitreous space, each of which then subdivides to distribute across the retina on the inner limiting membrane, then delineates the membrana vasculosa retinae. This basal pattern of vasculization 1 day after birth continues to death. Both the central and parietal branches of the central retinal artery correspond to the branches of the hyaloid artery in embryo and the latter is preserved in adult gerbils.
Hideki Imada; Genzoh Isomura; Ei-ichi Miyachi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anatomical science international     Volume:  78     ISSN:  1447-6959     ISO Abbreviation:  Anat Sci Int     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-08     Completed Date:  2003-04-30     Revised Date:  2011-02-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101154140     Medline TA:  Anat Sci Int     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  36-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Animals, Newborn
Arterioles / growth & development,  physiology,  ultrastructure
Lens, Crystalline / blood supply*,  growth & development,  ultrastructure
Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
Polyesters / diagnostic use
Retina / growth & development*,  physiology,  ultrastructure
Retinal Artery / growth & development*,  physiology,  ultrastructure*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Polyesters; 84238-67-5/Mercox

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