Postnatal vascular development in the lateral wall of the cochlear duct of gerbils: Quantitative analysis by electron microscopy and confocal laser microscopy

Motonori Ando, Shunji Takeuchi

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Abstract

The development of the capillary network in the stria vascularis and in the underlying spiral ligament of gerbils was systematically and quantitatively investigated by conventional electron microscopy and confocal laser microscopy in association with vascular labeling with fluorescent gelatin. The developmental changes of capillaries in the lateral wall were observed as the following series of events. (i) At 0 days after birth (DAB) capillaries already existed in the spiral ligament as a network. (ii) At 3-9 DAB the capillary network developed into two layers starting from the scala vestibuli side to the scala tympani side; one layer was located in the stria and the other in the spiral ligament. (iii) At 9 DAB capillaries in the stria became separated from the spiral ligament, and the capillary network consisting of a two-layered structure was complete. (iv) Total capillary length and capillary density in the lateral wall increased until 9 DAB and leveled off thereafter, but changes in the relative position of capillaries in the stria toward the luminal surface of marginal cells continued until 31 DAB. On the basis of the above observations, we propose two possible mechanisms underlying the vascular development in the lateral wall: (i) the formation of new vasculature (angiogenesis), and (ii) changes in the position of cellular components relative to capillaries in association with the differentiation and maturation of marginal cells and intermediate cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-156
Number of pages9
JournalHearing Research
Volume123
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Capillary
  • Confocal laser microscopy
  • Development
  • Fluorescein
  • Stria vascularis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems

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