Light microscopic identification of lymphatic vessels of the human small intestine was studied immuno-histochemically with a monoclonal antibody specific for human thoracic duct (mAb-D) and rabbit anti-human laminin antibody (anti-L). Two types of vessels were observed with anti-L; one strongly reacted with regularly outlined vessels and the other weakly reacted with irregularly outlined vessels and thin walls. Immunoreactivity to mAb-D was strong in the weakly reacting vessels, and the strongly reacting vessels did not react to mAb-D. Immunoreactivity of lymphatic vessels to anti-L has been reported to be weaker than that of the blood vessels; only irregularly outlined vessels which were weakly immunostained with anti-L reacted to mAb-D and no cross-reaction to mAb-D was observed in the regularly outlined vessels. This indicates that the vessels strongly reacting with anti-L are blood vessels and the vessels immunostained with mAb-D must be lymphatics. The study shows that it is possible to identify lymphatic vessels light microscopically by mAb-D. This method will be useful in studying the fine distribution of lymphatic vessels in normal tissue and also in pathological tissue such as metastasis of malignant tumors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Cell Biology