Tight junctions of brain endothelium in vitro are enhanced by astroglia.

The belts of endothelial tight junctions, which impede diffusion between blood and brain, were reduced to fragmentary, small junctions in subcultured brain endothelium. When cocultured with the capillaries' nearest neighbor, the astrocytes, these endothelial tight junctions were enhanced in length, width, and complexity, as seen by en face views of the cell… (More)