Liver, cords and sinusoids
Hepatocytes are arranged into cords, separated by vascular sinusoids lined by a fenestrated endothelium.
Beneath the endothelium (i.e., between the endothelium and the hepatocytes) is a narrow "space of Disse", where thin reticular fibers (a form of collagen) provide support.
In this image, reticular fibers in the space of Disse are stained black with silver. Hepatocytes are faintly counterstained.
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Last updated: 4 February 2005 / dgk