Specific catecholaminergic granules had been previously described in the endothelial cells of blood and lymphatic vessels. 2 histochemical techniques were used in this work for detecting catecholamines in human coronary vessels: both the postfixation with OsO4-KI mixture and the formaldehyde induced fluorescence (FIF) reaction. Ultrastructural examinations of bioptic specimens processed with the OsO4-KI staining showed a marked positivity in the coronary endothelial cells, as well as in the smooth muscle fiber cells of the coronary arteriolae and the adventitial nerve endings. These findings were confirmed by a high level of fluorescence in the same structures, obtained using the FIF reaction. Myocardial fiber cells never reacted. Therefore, an important role of the endothelium of human coronary vessels in the turn-over of catecholamines could have been supposed.

Histochemical study on catecholamines in human coronary endothelium.

GRILL, VITTORIO;
1987

Abstract

Specific catecholaminergic granules had been previously described in the endothelial cells of blood and lymphatic vessels. 2 histochemical techniques were used in this work for detecting catecholamines in human coronary vessels: both the postfixation with OsO4-KI mixture and the formaldehyde induced fluorescence (FIF) reaction. Ultrastructural examinations of bioptic specimens processed with the OsO4-KI staining showed a marked positivity in the coronary endothelial cells, as well as in the smooth muscle fiber cells of the coronary arteriolae and the adventitial nerve endings. These findings were confirmed by a high level of fluorescence in the same structures, obtained using the FIF reaction. Myocardial fiber cells never reacted. Therefore, an important role of the endothelium of human coronary vessels in the turn-over of catecholamines could have been supposed.
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