Immunogold fine structural localization of extracellular matrix components in aged human cornea. I. Types I-IV collagen and laminin.
Using the immunogold technique combined with cryoultramicrotomy and London Resin white (LR white) embedding, we studied the fine structural distribution of types I-IV collagen and laminin in corneal tissue from seven enucleated human eyes (age range, 63-78 years). Type II collagen was not identified in any corneal layer. Type I and type III collagen were distributed in a similar fashion in striated collagen fibrils in Bowman's layer and in the stroma. Type IV collagen was located only in the posterior non-banded region of Descemet's membrane. Laminin was identified in subepithelial anchoring plaques and the sub-endothelial region of Descemet's membrane in accordance with its recognized adhesive function.
Marshall, GE; Konstas, AG; Lee, WR
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