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Describe fibroblasts/fibrocytes

Fibroblasts and fibrocytes are the principal cell types found in connective tissue. They are also the most numerous cells found in CT.
- Functions:
- Secretion and maintenance of CT matrix.
- Secretion of precursor fibrous molecules.
- Secretion of the amorphous components of the matrix, including the glycosaminoglycans.
- Review Tissue on Slide 5


What other cells are found in fibrous CT besides fibroblasts and fibrocytes?

Common types of cell residents include:
- Macrophages
- Mast cells
- Plasma cells


Describe macrophages

- 10 –30 μm.
- Ovoid or indented heterochromatic nucleus. (Dark Spots)
- Irregular in shape with blunt processes:
-- Wandering macrophages are somewhat oval in shape.
-- Fixed macrophages are more irregular in shape with long processes.
- Capable of amoeboid movement
- Part of mononuclear phagocytic system (originally called the reticular activating system –RAS).
- Extensive Golgi, rER, sER, mitochondria, secretory vesicles, and lysosomes.
- May fuse with other macrophages to form large multinucleated phagocytic foreign body giant cells.


Where are macrophages found?

- Wandering in blood (monocytes)
- Connective tissue (histiocytes)
- Liver sinusoids (Kupffer cells)
- Sinusoids of spleen, lymph nodes, bone marrow (perialveolar macrophages)
- Alveoli of lungs (dust cells)
- Central nervous system (microglia)
- Associated with bone reabsorption (osteoclasts)

- Review Slide 10


Describe the structure Mast Cells

- Irregularly oval in outline.
- Small spherical/ovoid nuclei often masked by membranebound granules.
- Stain with toluidine blue.
- Large metachromatic granules with histamine, ECF-A, SRS-A, and heparin.
- ECF-A (eosinophil chemotactic factor) attracts eosinophils and neutrophils.
- SRS-A (slow reacting substance of anaphylaxis) similar to histamine but has a more sustained effect.
- Heparin from mast cells is a poor anticoagulant and is probably involved in helping clear plasma lipids.


What effects do mast cells have to allergens?

Where are mast cells found?

- Involved in hypersensitive response to allergens: Edema, Shock, Pain, Hypercoagulation, Fever
- In reaction, the membranes release leukotrienes.
- They're Found near small blood vessels:
- Target of histamine and SRS-A.
- Absent from spleen.
- Found in mucosal surfaces and in connective tissues.

- Review Tissue on Slide 14


Describe Plasma Cells

- Activated B lymphocytes.
- Resemble lymphocytes but are larger.
- Large pale nuclei with “clock-face” distribution of heterochromatin.
- Spherical and typically offset
- Prominent Golgi and extensive RER.
- Rare in connective tissue.
Frequently occur in: Serous membranes, Lymphoid tissue, and the Lamina propria of gut tract
- Review cell on slide 17


Review the tissue quiz slides from slides 21 to 29.

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