Ultrastructural localization of laminin on in vivo embryonic, neonatal, and adult rat cardiac myocytes and in early rat embryos raised in whole- embryo culture

R. L. Price, M. Nakagawa, L. Terracio, T. K. Borg

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The temporal and spatial distribution of the basement membrane component laminin was examined in vivo in developing rat hearts at 11.5 and 15 days of embryonic development (ED), and in neonates and adults, by pre-embedding ultrastructural immunocytochemistry. In addition, the patterns observed at 11.5 days ED were compared to the distribution of laminin in embryos maintained in whole-embryo culture. At 11.5 days ED laminin was localized in punctate patches on the surface of the plasma membrane, with large gaps between areas of staining. The development of myocytes and localization of laminin in the whole embryo-cultured embryos was similar to that found in the in vivo embryos. At 15 days ED, laminin localization was limited to distinct patches of developing extracellular matrix material associated with the sarcolemma. Gaps between areas of localization were shorter than in the 11.5- day hearts. In neonates, distribution of laminin localization was more extensive with fewer gaps and was associated with the developing basement membrane. In adult hearts, laminin was localized along the entire length of the basement membrane and was heaviest in areas of morphological specialization, such as Z-bands, where collagen bundles contacted the sarcolemma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1373-1381
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992



  • Electron microscopy
  • Heart development
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Laminin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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