Jan 1, 1983

Regional differences in renewal rates of fibroblasts in young adult female mice

Cell and Tissue Research
C RuchtiH Cottier


Young adult female mice were given a total of 90 intraperitoneal injections each of (methyl-3H)thymidine (3HTdR) at intervals of 8 h over 30 days to establish renewal rates of fibroblasts in various locations. Radioautographs prepared from punch biopsy material of the ears, taken repeatedly during the labeling procedure, revealed an approximately linear increase of labeling indices of dermal fibroblasts with time. Labeling indices of fibroblasts at the end of repetitive injections of 3HTdR differed depending on the site and/or type of connective tissues examined. Low values were obtained for fibroblasts in the leptomeninx (3.9%), the tracheal wall (4.4%), the achilles tendon (5.8%) and the dermis of the ear (6.5%), while higher values were registered for fibroblasts located in the lower half of the abdominal dermis (12.3%), peritendinous sheaths (12.6%), the interstitial connective tissue of the thigh muscles (12.9%), the submucosa of the colon (23%), the fibrous capsule of the adrenals (25.7%), and the upper half of the abdominal dermis (26%). These regional differences, with the exception of the skin and possibly of the tracheal wall, did not correlate with local temperature. Possible additional factors influencing fibroblast...Continue Reading

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