A novel mechanism of capillary growth in the rat pulmonary microcirculation.

  title={A novel mechanism of capillary growth in the rat pulmonary microcirculation.},
  author={Peter H. Burri and Mounir Tarek},
  journal={The Anatomical record},
  volume={228 1},
Postnatally, the rat lung parenchyma undergoes impressive growth. Within four months of birth, lung volume and alveolar and capillary surface areas increase over 20-fold and capillary volume 35-fold. Investigation of methacrylate casts of the pulmonary microvasculature revealed that, with age, lung capillaries were not only growing in surface and volume but also increasing their network density. We proposed that the capillary bed grows by formation of slender intravascular tissue pillars and… CONTINUE READING


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