Journal article

Ontogenetic development of diffusional restriction to protein at the pial surface of the rat brain: An electron microscopical study

Y Balslev, NR Saunders, K Mollgard

Brain Cell Biology | SPRINGER | Published : 1997


Blood-brain, blood-CSF and ventricular CSF-brain barriers to protein are present very early in brain development. In order to determine whether the outer pial surface of the brain also restricts free penetration of macromolecules, the dorso-lateral part of the sensorimotor cortex from rats at embryonic day 12 (E12), 14, 16, and 18, the day of birth (P0), and adult rat, was studied by electron microscopical techniques. Potassium ferrocyanide, Ruthenium Red and immunogold labelling of endogenous albumin were used to investigate junctional structures and the sites of restriction to albumin diffusion. At E12, large fenestrated sinusoids were present in the pia-arachnoid and the brain surface was..

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