A sulphur matrix complex, elastic fibril composed of a fine core of amorphous elastin and microfibrils was largely accumulated in the aortic intima of aged rats.

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We examined elastic fibrils in the aortic intima of aged rats with elastin staining, elastase digestion and X-ray microanalysis. The innermost elastic lamina, heavily stained by a brief treatment with azure II-toluidine blue without heating, was thin and fragmented, and an amorphous substance that stained weakly to moderately was accumulated in the thick… (More)

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