TOPOGRAPHY AND ULTRASTRUCTURE OF KIDNEY LYMPHATICS IN SOME HIBERNATING BATS
- G Azzali
- G Bucci
- G Gatti
- G Orlandini
The kidney lymphatic system of some bats consists of intraparenchymal (interlobar, arcuate, and interlobular) and extraparenchymal vessels (capsular and prehilar connective). These vessels drain lymph via precollecting and prenodal collecting lymphatics into a hilar lymph node. There are no lymphatics in the renal medulla. The lymphatic vasculature (precollecting vessels excluded) is characterized by an endothelial wall lacking basal lamina and fenestrations. The endothelial cells, mostly rectangular in shape, are joined together by overlapping, end-to-end, and complex interdigitating junctions. Cytoplasmic expansions profile and thickness, intercellular junctions and particularly the different categories of uncoated vesicles (free or opened on luminal or abluminal surface) show qualitative and quantitative seasonal variations. Luminal and abluminal cytoplasmic processes appear (when analyzed in tridimensional reconstructions) as "intraendothelial channels." The increased number of these structures during summer characterizes them as dynamic elements and supports the concept of an active role played by them in transendothelial transport. Nevertheless, the main functional role is still ascribed (in addition to membrane transport mechanisms) to the vesicular system, also defined as the "vesicular route." We did not find any open intercellular junctions.
How to Cite:
Azzali, G. & Bucci, G. & Gatti, G. & Orlandini, G., (1988) “TOPOGRAPHY AND ULTRASTRUCTURE OF KIDNEY LYMPHATICS IN SOME HIBERNATING BATS”, Lymphology 21(4), 212-223.