Interstitium contains a matrix of fibrous molecules that creates considerable resistance to water and solutes in series with the microvessel wall. On the basis of our preliminary studies (Adamson et al., 1994, Microcirculation 1(4), pp. 251–265; Fu et al., 1995 Am. J. Physiol. 269(38), pp. H2124–H2140), by using laser-scanning confocal microscopy and a theoretical model for interstitial transport, we determined both microvessel solute permeability and solute tissue diffusion coefficient of -lactalbumin (Stokes radius ) from the rate of tissue solute accumulation and the radial concentration gradient around individually perfused microvessel in frog mesentery. is . for -lactalbumin is . This value of is comparable to that for small solute sodium fluorescein (Stokes radius ), while is only 3.4% of . Our results suggest that frog mesenteric tissue is much less selective to solutes than the microvessel wall.
Determination of Microvessel Permeability and Tissue Diffusion Coefficient of Solutes by Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy
Fu, B. M., Adamson, R. H., and Curry, F. E. (September 18, 2004). "Determination of Microvessel Permeability and Tissue Diffusion Coefficient of Solutes by Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy." ASME. J Biomech Eng. April 2005; 127(2): 270–278. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1865186
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