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Title: Goodpasture's syndrome in ageing. An experimental study on the rat. II
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Murcia : F. Hernández
ISSN: 0213-3911
Related subjects: CDU::6 - Ciencias aplicadas::61 - Medicina
Keywords: Morphometry
Abstract: The following hypothesis is suggested: if a lung disease is induced in an adult rat, then its lung, in the senile age, will be different from what is considered to be a normal senile lung. In order to demonstrate this, the pulmonary state of two groups of old rats, one of which had suffered from Goodpasture's syndrome in the adult age has been assessed morphometrically. Fifty-three Wistar rats were used. They were divided into two groups: 1) healthy old rats; and 2) diseased old rats. Antipulmonary serum was administered to the latter and they were sacrificed a year later. Making use of a computing system, we calculated the following data for each group: the alveolar chord length, the alveolar wall thickness and the surface of the bronchial-associated lymphoid tissue (BALT). The alveolar macrophages (AM) with haemosiderin which were found in the lung tissue were also counted and the percentage of goblet bronchial cells and that of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cells was also assessed. From the results, the following points should be emphasized: in diseased old rats, an increase in the alveolar chord, a decrease in lymphocytes with an increase in the AM of the BAL, and a decrease in goblet cells and AM with haemosiderin occur, al1 of which are significant when these rats are compared to healthy old rats. From this experiment it can be inferred that the lungs of the diseased old rats are morphologically different from those of the healthy old rats; the findings cannot be related to an inflammatory process.
Primary author: Escolar Castellón, D.
Mateos, J.
Alfaro, E.
Escolar, M.A.
Miñana Amada, C.
Roche, P.
Published in: Histology and histopathology
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 7
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol. 8, nº 4 (1993)

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