Collagen network changes in basilar artery in aging
Materials and methods. Histological analysis of the basilar arteries obtained from 89 individuals, aged 20 to 85 years, was performed. The study has been carried out by standard histological technique; histological samples were stained with picrosirius red. Detailed quantitative analysis of collagen bundle network in the tunica media of basilar artery was performed.
Results. We analyzed collagen network area, perimeter and number of collagen bundles in the tunica media of the basilar artery. After investigation of age-related changes in collagen network area in men and women, we determined that in both genders collagen network area in the tunica media of the basilar artery increased with age. Analyzing the perimeter and number of collagen bundles in both genders by different age groups, it was found that they decreased with age. We found a statistically significant correlation between all the measured parameters and the age.
Conclusions. The area of collagen bundles increased, the number and perimeter of collagen bundles decreased with age in both genders in the tunica media of human basilar artery. While aging, the structure of collagen bundle network became less branchy, collagen fibers merged, their cross section area enlarged.
Gudienė, D.; Valančiūtė, A.; Vėlavičius, J. Collagen network changes in basilar artery in aging. Medicina 2007, 43, 964.
Gudienė D, Valančiūtė A, Vėlavičius J. Collagen network changes in basilar artery in aging. Medicina. 2007; 43(12):964.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gudienė, Devika; Valančiūtė, Angelija; Vėlavičius, Juozas. 2007. "Collagen network changes in basilar artery in aging." Medicina 43, no. 12: 964.